BRIDGETON — The four men charged in the July 17 murder of 9-year-old Jennifer Trejo have one more court appearance before the case goes before a grand jury for indictment.

City residents Michael L. Elliot, 25, of North Laurel Street, and Leroy Frazier III, 20, of Irving Avenue, as well as Charles Gamble, 18, of Salem County, were scheduled for pre-indictment conferences Thursday morning before Judge Michael J. Silvanio in Cumberland County Superior Court, but they were all postponed until Oct. 18.

Senior Prosecutor Elizabeth Vogelsong, who represents the state in the case, said outside the courtroom the new court date is their last opportunity to plead guilty before indictment.

Vogelsong added she’ll probably be indicting the case in mid-November.

Elliot, Gamble and Frazier, as well as Zahmere McKoy, 19, of Atlantic Street in Bridgeton, are all 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.

Prosecutors allege the four men set off a volley of gunfire moments after they had walked onto the first block of Elmer Street that morning.

If convicted, all four men face life in prison.

Only Elliot appeared in court Thursday morning with a new attorney, Al Wheeler. Elliot was previously represented by Teresa Ganim. She argued at Elliot’s detention hearing there was no intent, citing hours of witness statements alleging the slaying was an accident.

Jennifer’s family sat in the gallery but quickly left after Elliot’s appearance. Vogelsong said the family had no statement.

While Gamble did not appear in court, his attorney, Brian O’Malley, waived the appearance on his behalf.

All four men are in the Cumberland County jail and are slated to appear Oct. 18 before Silvanio.

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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