Jersey City man, 24, convicted of fatally shooting Bayonne man, 23, in September 2018


A Jersey City man, 24, was convicted by a Hudson County jury of fatally shooting a 23-year-old Bayonne man on September 4th, 2018.

James Crawford. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

James Crawford, 24, of Jersey City, was convicted of murder for his role in the shooting death of Eric Crocker, 23, of Bayonne.

A jury convicted Crawford of murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

The verdict was delivered before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Angelo Servidio following a four-week trial.

The jury was hung on the conspiracy to commit murder charge against Crawford and could not reach a unanimous decision on the murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges brought against codefendant Alexander Harris, 33, of Jersey City.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office intends to have Harris retried on the charges.

A third codefendant, Jahmir Thomas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault on Friday, April 23rd, 2021. He is tentatively scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, April 4th before the Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mitzy Galis-Menendez.

On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at approximately 5:55 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of gunshots in the area of Lembeck and Ocean Avenues.

Upon arrival, responding officers found a male victim, later identified as Eric Crocker, 23, of Bayonne, with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. He was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and the manner of death to be Homicide.

The state was represented at trial by Hudson County Assistant Prosecutors David Feldman and Dennis Murray.

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