Trenton, NJ – A Bridgeton Township man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of Corey Jones, according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri. The arrest follows an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department. James B. Draper, 46, has been charged with first-degree murder and three weapons offenses, including certain persons not to possess a weapon. Draper was apprehended without incident on October 25 in Bridgeton. The prosecutor’s office intends to file a motion to detain Draper pending trial.
The incident occurred on October 19, 2023, just before 9 p.m., when Trenton police responded to a call for an unresponsive male in the area of Cross Street and Kersey Alley. Upon arrival, officers discovered Corey Jones, 40, of Trenton, lying on the sidewalk with multiple stab wounds. Jones was quickly transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
The investigation into the stabbing is still ongoing. Authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward and contact MCHTF Detective Michael Cipriano at (609) 575-2235 or OIC William Jett Jr. at (609) 331-5010. Alternatively, information can be emailed to [email protected].
It is important to note that despite being charged, James B. Draper is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. The prosecutor’s office is committed to ensuring a fair trial process.
In related news, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has released a list of the homicide victims in Trenton for the year 2023. The list includes names, ages, and causes of death. The most recent addition to the list is Corey Jones, who was fatally stabbed on October 19. The investigation into his case is ongoing. The list will be updated if any further homicides are determined.
As the investigation continues, the community is urged to remain vigilant and report any relevant information that may assist law enforcement in solving these cases. The safety and well-being of the residents of Trenton are of utmost importance, and the authorities are working diligently to bring justice to the victims and their families.