Prosecutor’s office: Man found guilty for shooting, killing man who urinated in street gets life in prison

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The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has announced a man from Newark will spend the rest of his life in prison for shooting and killing a man he saw urinating in the street.

According to the prosecutor’s office, 26-year-old Christopher Poole was found guilty of murder in the shooting of 27-year-old Rasheed "O.J." Olabode, also of Newark, back in 2018.

The crime happened on April 26, 2018 around 10:45 am. 

The prosecutor’s office says Olabode, who was an amateur photographer and recent Nigerian immigrant, and two of his friends were running errands around the city of Newark when Olabode needed to use a restroom.

Olabode saw none nearby, and jumped out of his vehicle in the 700 block of South 20th Street and urinated in the street behind his car.

The prosecutor’s office says Poole, who lives on the block, angered at the sight of the victim urinating, walked into his house across the street and retrieved a gun. Poole then approached Olabode with the gun and shot him in the chest while he begged for his life, not realizing the victim's friends were a short distance away in the vehicle watching.

Olabode was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Poole must serve 63 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

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