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

By Jonathan Greene
Published: February 22, 2016

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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.


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