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Man arrested, charged in connection with Morristown homicide

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A Morristown man has been arrested in connection with a homicide on March 29, acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll said.

On Monday, at around 12:29 a.m., police received information regarding a deceased male in the area of the Morristown Train Station, Morris Street, Morristown, Carroll said.

A subsequent investigation confirmed that the man’s body was located on a stairway at the train station. The man had apparent head injuries and a brick was located next to the body, Carroll said.

An autopsy was performed by the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the manner of death was certified as homicide. The man has been identified as M.P., and his full name and identity will not be disclosed at his family’s request, Carroll said.

A subsequent investigation including video surveillance from the Morristown Train Station area revealed the victim was in the company of Lamar A. Harris, 33, in the time before the murder, Carroll said.

Harris was apprehended in Morristown on March 31 and has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, third-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. In accordance with the Criminal Justice Reform Act, Harris has been remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending future court proceedings, Carroll said.

Members of the Morristown Police Department, the New Jersey Transit Police, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigations Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit assisted in the investigation.

Carroll commended the thorough and efficient police work of the several cooperating agencies involved in this investigation. He also cited Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Muhammad Thomas, Morristown Police Department Detective Robert Edwards, New Jersey Transit Police Detective James Garrison, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Detective Andreas Zaharopoulos, and Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Schellhorn for their teamwork and dedication to this “round the clock investigation” that resulted in an arrest within approximately 48 hours from the initial crime report.

“This is an example of police agencies selflessly pulling together to respond to a murder scene, develop evidence, identify a suspect and then safely effectuate an arrest,” Carroll said.

Anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Morris
County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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