Josh Vadell testifies

Martel D. Chisolm (center), 31, of Millville, and Demetris Cross, 30, of Bridgeton on trial at the Atlantic County Courthouse. Defense attorney Brad Wertheimer on right. Former Atlantic City police Officer Josh Vadell testified on Monday, June 18 ,2018 during the trial for the two Cumberland County men charged in the robbery that allegedly led to the shooting of Vadell. June 18, 2018 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

MAYS LANDING — Two Cumberland County men found guilty of attempted murder in the September 2016 shooting of former Atlantic City police Officer Josh Vadell are slated to be sentenced Thursday.

Demetris Cross, 30, of Bridgeton, and Martel D. Chisolm, 31, of Millville, are scheduled to appear for sentencing at 9 a.m. before Judge John R. Rauh in Atlantic County Superior Court.

A jury returned the guilty verdict June 22 after three days of deliberation. Cross and Chisolm also were found guilty of aggravated assault, robbery, obstruction, resisting arrest and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and robbery. They were found not guilty of unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and conspiracy to commit and possess same.

Both men could face as many as 20 years in prison for each first-degree crime conviction and as many as 10 years for each second-degree conviction.

The charges stem from an early morning response to an armed robbery Sept. 3, 2016, when Vadell and his partner, now-Detective Thomas McCabe, pulled up in their patrol car to Arkansas Avenue in Atlantic City. Vadell was shot in the head and spent weeks in the hospital, underwent intense rehabilitation to relearn basic motor skills and retired from the Police Department at age 30 as a result of his wounds.

The shooter, Jerome Damon, 25, of Camden, fled after McCabe returned fire. Damon was found dead about a block and a half away, and McCabe was later cleared in Damon’s death.

The trial and deliberations lasted more than two weeks and included testimony from experts, the victims from the incident, as well as Vadell and McCabe.

After the verdict, Robin Lord, Chisolm’s attorney, said she filed a motion for a new trial.

“The conviction will be reversed,” Lord said outside the courtroom that day, citing numerous errors in the trial, including in jury selection, but not elaborating further. “I’m confident that it will be reversed.”

Contact: 609-272-7241 Mbilinski@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressMollyB


Staff Writer

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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