MAYS LANDING — Two men were brought to court from separate state prisons Friday morning to face charges in a July homicide in Atlantic City that also wounded a baby.
Demarice Bennett, 25, of Pleasantville, and Kahlil Blackwell, 20, of Mays Landing, appeared separately before Superior Court Judge Michael Donio to hear the charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the July 29 killing of Sedrick Lindo, 25.
Lindo was shot to death outside a Carver Hall apartment building on the 500 block of N. South Carolina Avenue. A baby nearby was hit by what is believed to be a ricochetted bullet and had a wound to his chest.
Two others are also charged with murder and conspiracy in the crime, including Blackwell’s 16-year-old cousin, Mujahid Blackwell, of Atlantic City.
“Who shot the victim?” Donio asked Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy during Bennett’s brief appearance.
Levy said neither of the men appearing in court Friday are believed to have been the shooter, but he did not say whether the juvenile or another co-defendant, Joshua Cross, 25, of Mays Landing, is believed to have shot Lindo.
“They were integral in that shooting while not actually having their hands on the trigger,” Levy said of Kahlil Blackwell and Bennett.
Bennett said he has hired Atlantic City attorney Jeffrey Wilson. Blackwell said he would be hiring an attorney.
Bennett — who has a tear tattoo under his right eye — blew a kiss to two women who were in the courtroom on his behalf. After the proceeding, they left without comment. Blackwell nodded to his father as he was led into the courtroom and as he was led out.
Several members of Lindo’s family also attended but said through a victim witness advocate that they did not wish to comment.
While both men have $500,000 full-cash bails, they would not be freed even if those were paid. Both are currently state prisoners.
Blackwell has been at the Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility in Annandale, Hunterdon County, on drug and gun charges since September. Bennett is at Southern State Correctional Facility in Maurice River Township on drug and robbery charges. He was admitted there three days after Lindo was killed. Jail records show he was free when the killing occurred.
In addition to the four men charged with murder and conspiracy, Atlantic City resident Myisha Wyatt, 21, is charged with false swearing in the case. Details on that have not been given. The fourth-degree crime does not mandate jail time, and Wyatt was released on a summons Sept. 4.
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