For Immediate Release
November 17, 2017
Contact: Bernie Weisenfeld- PIO-GCPO
Re.: Paulsboro man charged with Woodbury homicide
Brandon D. Wilson (DOB 8/21/98), of Paulsboro NJ, was charged today (11/17) with the murder of 26-year-old Shawneeq M. Carter, of Camden NJ in a Woodbury NJ residence where she had been house-sitting.
Ms. Carter’s body was found by police in a house at 26 Hopkins St., Woodbury on 9/23/17. According to an autopsy, the cause of death was blunt head trauma and the manner of death was homicide.
“Shawneeq was doing a favor for a friend. She was house-sitting,” Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said at a news conference today. “She just happened to be there at the time he broke in.” It is believed Wilson’s intent “was to rob the house,” Prosecutor Dalton said.
Wilson is charged with first-degree murder; third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; fourth-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, regarding minors in the home at the time of the homicide; second-degree burglary during which a death occurred and third-degree hindering his own apprehension by asking his parents to dispose of sneakers that may have been related to the homicide.
Wilson, already being held in the Cape May County Jail on an unrelated offense, was served with the complaints related to the Woodbury homicide and processed.
“We will ask the court to detain him for the pendency of this case until this matter is either adjudicated by a plea of guilty to first degree murder or this case proceeds to trial,” Prosecutor Dalton said.
In the course of an investigation which is ongoing, “approximately 30 search warrants were executed by members of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and the Woodbury City Police Department regarding this investigation over the last two months,” Prosecutor Dalton said.
County and city detectives “worked tirelessly for almost two months in order to make this arrest,” the prosecutor said, adding that his office and municipal police have made arrests in 95 percent of homicides that occurred in the county in the last 10 years.
“Physical evidence linking the defendant to the crime was found on an outside window as well as the victim’s shirt and a piece of gym equipment that was used in the murder,” Prosecutor Dalton said.
According to the investigators’ affidavit of probable cause, Wilson was seen on surveillance video on Hopkins St. the night before Ms. Carter was found deceased. It was learned Wilson had lived in the Hopkins St. house as a foster child for less than a year in 2015. In August 2016, he was arrested for unlawful trespass in the same house and found guilty of that offense and obstruction of justice in connection with providing false information.
It was also learned Wilson had been released from incarceration in Pennsylvania on 9/21/17.
After a shoe imprint was discovered on a rear door of 26 Hopkins, it was determined that Wilson, then in the Cape May Jail, telephoned his parents and asked them to dispose of two pair of his sneakers. This occurred after investigators asked Cape May Jail officials to remove the sneakers Wilson was wearing when incarcerated. Warrants subsequently executed on two residences where Wilson lived resulted in seizure of two pairs of sneakers. They appeared to be wet from application of cleaning solution.