MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Mansfield Township Police Chief Ronald Mulhall announced today that a Belleville resident has been charged with fatally shooting a man earlier this year in Mansfield Township.
Quinnizel J. Clark, 34, of the 100 block of Washington Avenue in Belleville, was charged with one count of Murder and one count of Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose for the death of James Dewyer, 68, on January 3.
The victim was found shot to death inside of his parked vehicle on January 3 just off of Monica Court. Mansfield Township police officers were called to the area at approximately 4:15 p.m. on that date to check on an unresponsive person sitting in the vehicle’s front passenger seat.
The investigation revealed that Clark and Dewyer, who were acquaintances, had spent time together earlier in the day. Clark then drove Dewyer’s car to the location where it was discovered and shot him multiple times before leaving on foot.
Clark was taken into custody on Friday July 8 in Maple Shade by the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Unit. He is presently in Burlington County Jail on $500,000 full bail set by the Hon. Christopher J. Garrenger, J.S.C. The case will be referred to a Burlington County Grand Jury for possible indictment.
The victim had a last known legal address of Linden Road in Burlington Township, but had not resided at that location for a few years. He frequently changed residences, sometimes living in area motels.
An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood concluded the manner of death was homicide and the cause was a result of multiple gunshot wounds.
The case was investigated by the Mansfield Township Police Department and detectives from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Crime Scene Unit and High-Tech Crimes Unit.