Man charged with murdering teen 2 days after being released from prison due to COVID-19

Man charged with murdering teen 2 days after being released from prison due to COVID-19
Jerry Crawford. Cumberland County Jail (NJ) via NY Post

By Ailan Evans

A New Jersey inmate allegedly shot and killed an 18-year-old man two days after he was released from prison due to concerns over COVID-19, NJ.com reported.

Convicted burglar Jerry Crawford, 25, was released on parole on Nov. 4, 2020, according to the New Jersey Department of Corrections, as part of an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in the state’s prisons. The state released over 2,000 inmates in November 2020 due to rising deaths and infections in its penitentiary system.

Crawford, along with Yusuf Waites, 23, was charged on July 23 for shooting and killing David Scarborough in Bridgeton, New Jersey on Nov. 6, 2020, two days after he was released from prison. Waites had been released from prison on Oct. 10, less than a month before the murder.

Both men were charged with first-degree murder and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder.

Police found Scarbrough’s body with multiple gunshot wounds in a field near an apartment complex. Surveillance footage from the apartment complex showed Scarbrough with Crawford and Waites before the murder allegedly took place. Scarbrough was last seen walking with with the two men toward the field where his body was found.

Dozens of states released inmates from prisons early in the pandemic in an attempt to curb the spread COVID-19, with many getting arrested a short time later. Some inmates in California deliberately infected themselves with the virus in an attempt to be released early.

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