Paterson teen charged with killing New York man, wounding woman to be tried as adult | Paterson Times

Paterson teen charged with killing New York man, wounding woman to be tried as adult


A city teenager who allegedly shot and killed a man and wounded a woman in April 2015 will be tried as an adult, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Zamaire Barden, 18-year-old, is charged with murder and attempted murder for allegedly firing several shots inside a vehicle on April 29, 2015 killing Dennis Gillespie, 43, of Warwick, NY, and wounding a female passenger, 30, of Goshen, NY.

Barden was 17-year-old when he fired at the vehicle on Fulton and Mercer streets at around 9:46 a.m., authorities said. He has since turned 18, authorities said.

Barden could face as much as 30 years to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder. He is also charged with two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, two counts of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and first-degree attempted murder, according to authorities.

Prosecutors filed a motion with the family court in May 2015 to try Barden as an adult. On Friday, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Greta Gooden-Brown allowed the state to move the matter to criminal court for an adult prosecution from the family court.

Barden will be arraigned at 9 a.m. on Tuesday before Judge Marilyn C. Clark at the Passaic County Courthouse.

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    These out-of -control youths like this killer, the teens in the Nazera Bugg case. the knockout game all need to be tried as adults. The level of barbarity and lack of basic human decency justifies very long prison sentences to these menaces to society. I hope the judges throw the book at them in all these cases.