A New Jersey inmate was released early because of the COVID panic and celebrated by killing a man two days later.
Officials from the New Jersey Department of Corrections confirmed Jerry D. Crawford, 25, who was serving time on burglary charges, was released on “public health emergency credits” on Nov. 4. Two days later, he and Yusuf Waites, 23, who had also just gotten out of custody less than a month earlier, shot 18-year-old Davion Scarbrough to death.
FACT-O-RAMA! New Jersey prisons had the highest COVID death rate in the nation.
Police responded to a call of shots fired, and Scarbrough’s bullet-ridden body was found shortly thereafter on a dirt path. Nearby were two groupings of distinct shell casings, indicating Scarbrough had been shot by two guns. Crawford and Waites were seen on video with Scarbrough shortly before the murder.
When Crawford was charged last month with the murder, he was already back home in the hoosegow on gun and theft charges. Those charges have since been dismissed, and Crawford is now facing first-degree murder and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, as is Waites. Waites was also indicted for his part in a daytime drive-by shooting involving eight other thugs.- READ MORE