Man charged with murdering teenager two days after being released from prison over COVID-19 fears

New Jersey man has been charged with murder just two days after being released from prison through a state effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in detention facilities, authorities said.

Jerry Crawford, 25, a convicted burglar, was released on Nov. 4 on public health emergency credits to mandatory parole supervision, the New Jersey Department of Corrections told the Washington Examiner.

“Without the Public Health Emergency Credits he would have been released on 12/24/2020,” the NJDOC said.

Tonight, I signed an EO allowing vulnerable, low-risk inmates to receive temporary home confinement to protect their health and the health and safety of those working in our correctional facilities, striking a balance between public health, public safety, and victims’ rights.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) April 11, 2020

On Nov. 6, two days after his release, Crawford and another man allegedly shot and murdered an 18-year-old man.

Authorities found the man’s body in a field by an apartment complex with multiple gunshot wounds.

Footage from that apartment complex displayed Crawford, his accomplice, and the victim before the shooting, according to court documents.

Crawford and the other man were indicted last week on first-degree murder charges and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder charges.

Both men are jailed and due back in court this week for hearings.

Crawford was released along with thousands of inmates under New Jersey’s emergency plan following deaths and a “soaring” infection rate in state prisons attributed to COVID-19.

New Jersey was one of the dozens of states that released inmates to curb the pandemic’s impact, and many of those released were arrested a short time later.

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  1. These democrat governors are disgusting and should be held accountable. I hope this family sues the s*** out of them. This scum that he let loose was hardly low-risk and I don’t care if they were at risk of getting covid in prison it’s their fault they’re there to begin with.

  2. Our Country, especially the Demonrats in the WhiteHouse now, and our Judicial system are unraveling. Like the hanging thread on a shirt, that is pulled until there is nothing left. Each day, the level of stupid carried out, insures our destruction. Heavenly FATHER, change our hearts, oh GOD!

  3. Another one of those white, right wing supremacist domestic terrorist!
    I’m telling you…. I must post this 3 times a day…. I can’t keep up with their homicides.
    But I never see cnn, msnbc, cbs, nbc, abc, npr, ny times, wa post reporting these particular “white, right wing supremacist”‘crimes!!!
    I WONDER WHY????

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