MAYS LANDING — Jurors did not reach a verdict Thursday in the trial of two Cumberland County men charged with in a September 2016 robbery and the shooting of Atlantic City police Officer Josh Vadell.
Martel D. Chisolm, 31, of Millville, and Demetris Cross, 30, of Bridgeton, are charged with attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and weapons possession. The trial began two weeks ago in Atlantic County Superior Court.
The jury came into the courtroom once Thursday after asking to review the video statements two of the alleged victims made to resort police.
Vadell, sitting in the gallery with his wife, Laura, wiped tears away as he listened to one of the victims describe how Vadell saved his life that night. Vadell’s former partner, Detective Thomas McCabe, put his hand on Vadell’s shoulder to comfort him.
Before 3 a.m. Sept. 3, 2016, Vadell and McCabe pulled up to Arkansas Avenue in Atlantic City in response to an armed robbery. 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 injury.
The shooter, Jerome Damon, 25, of Camden, fled after McCabe returned fire. Damon was found dead about a block and a half away. McCabe was later cleared in Damon’s death.
Defense attorneys Robin Lord and Brad Wertheimer have argued there is not enough evidence to convict Chisolm and Cross, while Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy has said the case is about heroism, and the actions of Vadell and McCabe.
Judge John Rauh dismissed the jury at 4:30 p.m. Deliberations are scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Friday.