BRIDGETON — Four people were arrested Wednesday and charged in the August murder of Millville Midget Football League coach Joseph “JoJo” Jones, according to a statement from the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.
Jones, 37, was shot at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 9 in the parking lot of Lakeside Middle School as athletes, coaches and parents were leaving after a Midget League practice. Jones’ 7-year-old son, an athlete on the team, was at the practice where his father was killed.
League President Rob Ennis Sr. declined to comment on the arrests.
“This homicide was particularly unsettling because it was committed in broad daylight at a football practice field in front of numerous children,” Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said. “It is my hope that these arrests assure the victim’s family, the children and the parents of the Millville Midget Football League and the greater community that law enforcement will do all in its power to bring those we allege are responsible to justice.”
Eugene Cosby, 42, of Malaga, Gloucester County, and Will El-Bey, 22, of Vineland, are both charged with homicide and conspiracy to commit homicide.
Genea Hughes-Lee, 34, of Malaga, and Tyrell Hart, 22, of Vineland, are charged with conspiracy to hinder apprehension, hindering apprehension, obstruction and two counts of false reports to law enforcement.
All four are being held in the Cumberland County jail pending a detention hearing.
The arrests come after a two-month investigation into what officials called a targeted attack. After the shooting, at least one masked individual drove away in what was described as a maroon sedan, Webb-McRae said.
The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, State Police, Millville, Bridgeton and Vineland police, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the Prosecutor’s Offices in Gloucester, Atlantic and Cape May counties investigated.