Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Lavelle Davis.

NEWARK -- Two men accused of killing three people at a Maplewood apartment complex in January pleaded not guilty Monday to murder charges in state Superior Court.

Lavelle Davis, 37, and Jimmy P. Mays Jr., 34, appeared separately before Judge Ronald D. Wigler in Newark on an 11-count indictment that charges each man with robbery, burglary and other offenses, in addition to murder and felony murder.

Jimmy Mays.
State Public Defender Joseph E. Krakora and defense attorney Michael Robbins, who represent Davis and Mays, respectively, asked Wigler to enter not-guilty pleas on behalf of their clients. While Davis appeared before Wigler dressed in a jail uniform, Mays was led before the court wearing an untucked pink dress shirt.

Authorities said the bodies of Michael Davis, 45, Roshana Kenilson, 30, and Lance Fraser, 44, were discovered by firefighters on Jan. 29, after someone reported not being able to reach the friends. All three were shot to death, according to investigators.
Mays and Lavelle Davis -- both formerly of Atlantic County -- were arrested separately in February: Mays in Columbia, Md., and Davis in Yonkers, N.Y., according to the prosecutor's office.

Officials have not elaborated on the alleged narrative of the crime, although court records show the indictment includes charges of possessing a weapon during a drug offense and criminal restraint risking serious bodily injury.

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