BRIDGETON — A city man charged in the July 17 murder of 9-year-old Jennifer Trejo will be held in jail until trial, a Superior Court judge decided Thursday.

Zahmere McKoy, 19, of Atlantic Street, was remanded to the Cumberland County jail after a detention hearing before Judge Cristen D’Arrigo.

McKoy, along with Charles Gamble, 18, of Salem County, Michael L. Elliot, 25, of North Laurel Street, and Leroy Frazier III, 20, of Irving Avenue, are charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses in the shooting, in which a stray bullet pierced Jennifer’s bedroom wall, fatally wounding her as she slept.

If convicted, all four men could face life in prison.

McKoy has been in police custody since Aug. 23, after he was charged with aggravated assault and weapons charges following a shootout at the Riggins gas station near Route 49 and Burlington Road in Bridgeton. He was wounded during the shooting, taken to Inspira Medical Center in Bridgeton and transferred to Christiana Hospital in Delaware, where he was served with arrest warrants, police said.

McKoy’s next court appearance will be a pre-indictment conference at 10 a.m. Oct. 18 before Judge Michael J. Silvanio.

Gamble, Elliot and Frazier are all scheduled for a pre-indictment conference at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 before Silvanio.

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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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