Laquay Williams

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A Ventnor man already serving a 14-year sentence on weapons offenses has now been charged in a 2006 homicide committed while he was out on bail following a gun arrest.

LaQuay Williams, 34, is accused of fatally shooting Jerrod Moss, 20, of Atlantic City, at about 4:15 a.m. Dec. 29, 2006, during a robbery, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said. Moss was shot once in the back of the head in a parking lot on South New York Avenue, and pronounced dead at the scene.

Williams — whose birth name is James Watts — was a possible suspect within days, according to a Press of Atlantic City article from Jan. 10, 2007. But he was not charged in that attack until Feb. 14 of this year.

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Instead, as he was preparing to go to trial on weapons charges in July 2007, Williams pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a handgun, and one count each of possession of a defaced firearm, resisting arrest and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. At that time, Williams told the judge he had two handguns in his vehicle when he was stopped July 21, 2006.

He was bailed out Aug. 2, 2006, according to court records. Williams’ criminal history dates to 1996, and includes guilty pleas on charges of drugs, robbery and assault. He was sentenced on simple assault charge out of Pleasantville in 2011, although the offense date is listed as July 11, 2006, in state Department of Corrections records.

Williams was served with the murder warrant Thursday at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton. He is charged with murder, felony murder, conspiracy to commit murder and weapons offenses.

His bail is set at $1 million full cash, although he could not be freed anyway, as he is not eligible for parole until Jan. 29, 2014.

This is the third arrest the Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit has made this year in an older homicide.

At a bail hearing for a man recently charged in a 2009 killing, Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Maher told the judge that McClain and others in the office went over some older homicide cases about six months ago to see what ones may be close to being solved. McClain has declined to comment on that.

Williams will be brought to Atlantic County on March 1 for a first appearance on the new charges at 10 a.m. before Superior Court Judge Michael Donio.

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