NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION
Submitted November 12, 2013
On appeal from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Essex County, Indictment Nos. 98-07-3074.
Joseph E. Krakora, Public Defender, attorney for appellant (Abby P. Schwartz, Designated Counsel, on the brief).
Carolyn A. Murray, Acting Essex County Prosecutor, attorney for respondent (Andrew R. Burroughs, Special Deputy Attorney General/Acting Assistant Prosecutor, of counsel and on the brief).
Before Judges Harris and Guadagno.
Defendant Kareem Coleman appeals from the January 24, 2011 order denying his petition for post-conviction relief (PCR). We affirm.
Tried by a jury in 1999, Coleman was convicted of first-degree aggravated manslaughter, N.J.S.A. 2C:11-4(a), and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4(a) in connection with the April 15, 1998 shooting death of Terrance Barnes in Newark. On November 1, 1999, after merger, the Law Division sentenced Coleman to thirty years imprisonment, subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA), N.J.S.A. 2C:43-7.2.
In affirming the conviction and sentence, we observed the following:
The facts are somewhat complex as there were no actual eyewitnesses to the murder that led to the charges. But there were various witnesses who placed defendant, or someone resembling him, in the area and with a weapon at the time gunshots were heard in the area where the victim's body was found. There was, as well, defendant's rather detailed confession.
[State v. Coleman, No. A-2143-99 (App. Div. Jan. 25, 2002) ...