Opening statements in the murder trial of a 19-year-old Jersey City man where adjourned after a juror took ill today.
JERSEY CITY -- The prosecution began presenting its opening statement today in the murder trial of a 19-year-old Jersey City man but the sudden illness of a juror caused an adjournment.
Shaquan Hyppolite, 19, is charged with the murder of Terrel Smith, 27, who was allegedly lured down a Van Horne Street alley to his death on March 29, 2017.
He faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted.
Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor David Feldman began his opening statement this afternoon, but the juror became ill and headed from the jury box to the jury room with her hand covering her mouth.
Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mitzy Galis-Menendez sent a sheriff's officer to check on the juror and a short time later the judge decided to adjourn the trial until tomorrow.
She told Feldman could start his opening statement from the begin in the morning.
At about 5:40 p.m.
on the day of the murder, officers responded to the area of 360 Van Horne St.
after getting a 911 call of shots fired.
They found Smith unresponsive in a parking lot behind the location, with gunshot wounds to his midsection, officials said at the time.
Smith was rushed to the Jersey City Medical Center by ambulance and was pronounced dead there at about 6:05 p.m., Suarez said.
At the time of the shooting, an official said the investigation indicated "the victim was lured into an alleyway where the shooter was waiting." In February, jury selection for Hyppolite's trial was canceled in order to investigate witness tampering and gun charges against Shahouna Dutton, 25, aka "oopie,' who made headlines in 2014 after crawling through a Wendy's drive-thru window and assaulting employees.
Dutton made headlines for the June 22, 2014, incident at the Jersey City fast food restaurant, in which she allegedly identified herself as "Oopie from Bullet Town," climbed through the drive-thru window and assaulted two employees.
Dutton, who was living in the Booker T.
Washington public housing complex -- aka "Bullet Town" -- also threatened to have the employees shot by gang members, authorities said. Following her arrest in November 2014, she pleaded guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and was sentenced to two years probation. The Hyppolite trial is in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City.