West Orange Man Found Guilty of Murder

Jamar Holmes was convicted by a jury on Thursday of killing Donald Andrews, of East Orange, in a Newark liquor store in January 2011.


The West Orange man accused of stabbing a man to death in a Newark liquor store in 2011 has been found guilty, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Jamar Holmes, 32, of West Orange, was found guilty on Thursday of the murder of Donald Andrews, 40, of East Orange, in Superior Court in Newark. Holmes was also found guilty of various weapons charges.  

According to authorities, Andrews was inside of Bush Liquors & Deli in Newark on Jan. 1, 2011, when Holmes snuck up behind him and plunged a 6-inch butcher’s knife into his back. The entire scene was captured on the store’s video surveillance system. 

The jury took 90 minutes deliberating Holmes’ fate before it reached a verdict. 

“This was a senseless, brutal murder,” wrote Assistant Prosecutor Jason Hollingsworth in a press release, who tried the case with Assistant Prosecutor Naazneen Khan.  

Both men knew one another, according to the prosecutor’s office, and had quarreled earlier on the night of the killing.

Holmes is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 23. He faces a minimum of 30 years in New Jersey State Prison. 

A. September 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Why don't we actual put information on the patch that happened in west orange? The citizens are concerned about in town events.
Brett Kaiser September 14, 2012 at 05:30 PM
>>A. Well...it's where the guy called home.....and West Orange is so big, it's really 2 or 3 towns....
Tom September 14, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I am glad we get this news. It tells us what sort of people are in our area and give us reason to be more vigilant in reporting Crimes to the police immediately.
badbul September 15, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Just think? If this guy keeps his nose clean while incarcerated, he can get out of prison in 18 years with good behavior. Then just maybe, the West Orange Battery Projects will be completed and he can apply for Section 8 from the state so he can get an apartment there... Yeah yeah, I know "nonsense"...
badbul September 15, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Not all of them, but alot!


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