Memorial for Trejo

A memorial for 9-year-old Jennifer 'Chikis' Trejo, who was killed in July 2018 by gunfire that came through the walls of her house in Bridgeton while she slept. 

BRIDGETON — The trial of four city men charged in the 2018 fatal shooting of a 9-year-old girl has been pushed back a second time.

Court records show the trial, previously slated to begin this week in Cumberland County Superior Court, has been rescheduled for Nov. 15 before Judge Cristen D’Arrigo.

Charles Gamble, 18, of Clarke Road; Michael L. Elliot, 26, of North Laurel Street; Leroy Frazier III, 20, of Irving Avenue; and Zahmere McKoy, 19, of Atlantic Street, have all pleaded not guilty.

This is the second time the trial has been pushed back; it was first scheduled to begin Sept. 23.

All four men were indicted in December on charges including conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses in the July 17, 2018, shooting in which a bullet pierced the wall of Jennifer Trejo’s bedroom in her home at Elmer and Church streets and struck her as she slept.

If convicted, all four men could face life in prison.

Elliot, Frazier and Gamble were arrested and charged Aug. 24, 2018, while McKoy was charged Aug. 29, 2018. They are all being held in the Cumberland County jail.

Contact: 609-272-7241

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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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