Prosecutor: 18-year-old Jersey City murder suspect turns himself in

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An 18-year-old Jersey City teen turned himself into authorities last night after being charged with murdering a 17-year-old at a church hall party earlier this month, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Daequan Jackson. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
Daequan Jackson. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Daequan Jackson, 18, of Jersey City, was issued an arrest warrant for murder, two counts of aggravated assault and multiple weapons-related offenses on Friday, officials said.

Last night, around 9 p.m., Jackson turned himself into to homicide detectives of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, authorities said.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Jackson was then processed and transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny.

On Tuesday, August 9, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Jersey City police were dispatched to 517 Communipaw Ave., The Holy Ghost Tabernacle Ministries church, on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police found an unresponsive male with a gunshot wound to his upper body, authorities said.

The victim was later identified as Leander Williams, 17, of Jersey City. The victim was transported to Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas health, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 12 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10, the prosecutor’s office said.

A second and third victim, a 16-year-old female and a 12-year-old female, were also transported, treated and released from the same hospital for wounds to their upper body, officials said.

Additionally, Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit for the arrest, since they led the investigation.