A Jamaican in the US Army has been charged with what authorities say is the first murder committed in Byram Township, New Jersey in more than 100-years.
Twenty-three year old, Private Jamaal Mellish and a 16 year-old boy, is charged with the murder of U.S. Army Corporal Hayden Harris.
According to US media reports Corporal Harris was reported missing on December 17, when he left the Fort Drum Army base in upstate New York, to complete a vehicle transaction with Private Mellish.
Authorities believe an altercation may’ve developed leading to Private Mellish kidnapping Corporal Harris.
Media reports are Private Mellish then took Corporal Harris more than 300 miles to his home town in Brooklyn, New York.
Corporal Harris was then taken to Byram Township where he’s believed to have been shot in the head and buried in the snow.
On December 28 Private Mellish and a 16-year-old boy whose name was not released, were charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree possession of a weapon without a permit and second-degree possession of weapons for unlawful purposes. Private Mellish also was charged with suppressing evidence.
Private Mellish is reportedly a past student of the Mannings High School in Westmoreland.
According to Private Mellish’s Facebook profile, he was a student of the school from 2010 until 2013 when it’s believed he migrated to the US.
The 23 year-old is believed to have represented the Savanna-la-Mar based school in the DaCosta Cup and was considered a prospective youth international for Jamaica.