News

Man, teenage boy indicted in child's shooting death

Posted: Updated:
ASBURY PARK -

A man and a teenager have been indicted on murder charges in a shooting that left a 10-year-old boy dead and his mother wounded in Asbury Park.

According to Monmouth County prosecutors, Karon Council, 18, and Jah-Del Birch, 16, both of Neptune Township, also face charges of attempted murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault and weapons offenses in the indictment handed up by a county grand jury.

It was made public Monday.

RELATED: Teenager to be tried as adult in child's shooting death

A judge ruled last month Birch will be tried as an adult in the Feb. 21 shooting at a town home.

Authorities say Birch was an accomplice to Council, who had been involved in an altercation with a man who lived at the home.

When Council couldn't find the man there, he allegedly opened fire.

Yovanni Banos-Merino died shortly after the shooting.

His mother, Lilia Merino, 38, was treated for her wounds.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."