BRIDGETON — A city man waiting for trial in the murder of a 9-year-old was found guilty Tuesday of burglary and theft.

Zahmere McKoy, 20, of Atlantic Street, was convicted after a one-day jury trial before Cumberland County Superior Court Judge William Ziegler, county Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said in a news release.

The charges stem from a July 4, 2018, incident, according to the release, when McKoy went into a home on Fayette Street in order to steal.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 6; he faces up to five years in prison.

McKoy is one of four men charged in the July 17, 2018, fatal shooting of Jennifer Trejo.

McKoy, Charles Gamble, 18, of Clarke Road, Michael L. Elliot, 26, of North Laurel Street, and Leroy Frazier III, 20, of Irving Avenue, have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses in Trejo’s death.

If convicted, they could face life in prison.

That trial was recently pushed back for the third time, and is scheduled to begin Dec. 16, court records show.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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