Newark man convicted of murdering cousin

Tamodd Young

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced April 4 that an Essex County jury has convicted Tamodd Young, 24, of Newark, of murder for fatally shooting his cousin, Jerome Brown, 27, also of Newark.

In addition to murder, Young was also convicted of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of weapon for an unlawful purpose following a three-week trial before Superior Court Judge Marysol Rosero.

On March 21, 2016, at approximately 9:20 a.m,. Young and Brown met at the intersection of Schley Street and Hawthorne Avenue in Newark. They are captured on videotape engaged in what appeared to be a conversation. During the course of the conversation, Young fired on the victim; even after Brown was on the ground, Young continued to shoot. Police responded and Brown was pronounced dead at University Hospital at 9:55 a.m.

The jury deliberated for an hour and a half before returning a guilty verdict.

“This was a cold-blood murder. The victim was shot 12 times, including five head shots,” said Assistant Prosecutor Jason Alterbaum, who tried the case. “For someone to do this to a family member is incomprehensible.”

The motive for the murder was never clear. Alterbaum said the case could not have been resolved so successfully without the work of officers from the Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 21 before Judge Rosero. Young, who has one prior felony conviction, faces 30 years to life.