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Oct 30, 2020

3 Men Charged in Murder of 19-Year-Old Bayville Man

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Toms River Township Police Chief Mitchell A. Little announced that Shadrach Correa, 18; Daivon Sullivan, 18; and Leyron Jones, 23, all of Toms River, have been charged with murder in connection with the death of Javon Cutler which occurred in Toms River on Oct. 11.
The three defendants were also charged with two counts of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Toms River police and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office CSI revealed that on Oct. 11, at approximately 8:15 pm, Javon Cutler, 19, of Bayville, and two friends were attempting to leave Toms River Apartments – located on Main Street in Toms River – when an unknown individual opened fire on their vehicle. Cutler, who was seated in the rear passenger seat, was struck in the head as a result. The driver of the vehicle drove directly to Community Medical Center to seek medical treatment for Cutler.
Cutler was subsequently transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries on Oct. 14.
A postmortem examination was performed by the medical examiner determined  the cause of Cutler’s death to be intermediate distance gunshot wound to the head and the manner of his death to be homicide.
After a thorough and comprehensive investigation that spanned the course of nearly three weeks, it was determined that Correa, Sullivan and Jones acted together and in support of one another in carrying out the shooting of Cutler.
Correa was arrested and charged on Oct. 28 while Sullivan and Jones were taken into custody and charged on Oct. 29.
All three men were transported to the Ocean County Jail, where they are currently lodged pending a detention hearing.
“The investigative efforts leading to the arrest of these defendants were nothing short of outstanding, and the teamwork exhibited by everyone involved – assistant prosecutors, detectives and officers alike – truly exemplifies the best in law enforcement,” Billhimer stated.