Two fate of two Jersey City men charged with murdering a man shot some 19 time will be in the hands of the jury today.
JERSEY CITY -- Two Jersey City men charged with murdering a man who was shot as many as 19 times on a front stoop in 2016 will have their fates placed in the hands of the jury today.
Aaron Enix and Davon Cooper, both 25, are accused of murdering 24-year-old Rashay Washington on Claremont Avenue near Clerk Street at 9:30 p.m.
Enix and Cooper face 30 years to life if convicted.
Superior Court Judge John Young said that Cooper, if convicted, would serve his sentence consecutive to the six-year sentence he is now serving for robbery and resisting arrest.
At the moment Cooper is eligible for parole on Dec.
17, 2021, state corrections records show.
Arriving officers said they found the victim lying in a pool of his own blood.
They testified that he identified Enix and Cooper by name as the shooters and pointed in the direction in which they ran away.
One officer testified during the trial that when he lifted Washington's blood-soaked shirt, he "looked like Swiss cheese." In his opening statement, Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Adam Salzer said Enix and Cooper ran a short distance and tossed the guns on Clerk Street, where the weapons were later recovered.
They ran another block and were arrested on Wilkinson Avenue, he told the jurors.
Salzer said the shooting and flight of the suspects was caught on surveillance.
He said that when arrested, the pair were wearing the same clothing and shoes seen on the video.
He said Washington's blood was on one of the guns recovered.
Defense attorneys Patrick Patel and Mark Bailey argued that the arrests represented a rush to judgment by investigators. During their opening statements, the defense lawyers questioned the reliability of a statement made while lying in a puddle of his own blood after being shot numerous times.
Patel noted that neither the defendants' DNA nor fingerprints were found on the guns, and the pair had no residue on them from firing guns. Patel also questioned the notion that Washington died from his initial wounds.
The attorney noted Washington died two weeks after being shot and he had undergone five surgeries -- including one in which his stitches gave way and his intestines fell out has he was being placed on the operating table.
The prosecution's opening statement on Sept.
27 came after two hours of failed plea deal negotiations, which delayed the start of the trial, which is being heard in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City.