Will El-Bey

Will El-Bey, 22, of Vineland, is charged with homicide and conspiracy to commit homicide in the murder of Joseph ‘JoJo’ Jones.

BRIDGETON — Two more of the six co-defendants charged in the August murder of Millville Midget Football League coach Joseph “JoJo” Jones pleaded not guilty Friday.

Hakeem Smith, 23, and Will El-Bey, 22, both of Vineland, entered their pleas during a post-indictment arraignment in Cumberland County Superior Court.

Jones, 37, was fatally 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.

Smith; El-Bey; Tyrell Hart, 23, of Vineland; Eugene Cosby, 43, and Genea Hughes-Lee, 34, both of Malaga, Gloucester County; and Clifton D. Bailey, 27, of Camden, were indicted Feb. 20 in the killing.

The half-dozen co-defendants were also indicted on conspiracy, weapons, attempted murder, obstruction, hindering, tampering, bribery and fictitious reports charges, according to an indictment list from the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.

Hart and Bailey pleaded not guilty March 4.

Cosby, El-Bey and Bailey are in jail, according to court documents, while Hart, Smith and Hughes-Lee have been released pending trial.

Post-indictment arraignments for Cosby and Hughes-Lee are scheduled for Friday and May 13, respectively.

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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