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Breakthrough in 2008 Ewing Township Cold Case Leads to Arrests

Long-awaited justice may be near for the family of Leroy Julious, as new evidence results in charges against two suspects.

A cold case from 2008 involving the robbery and fatal beating of Leroy Julious in Ewing Township, New Jersey, has seen major developments, with two men now facing serious charges. Breyon Goodman, 36, of Trenton, and Jason Howard, 41, have been charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, and robbery, following an extensive investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the New Jersey Attorney General’s Cold Case Network.

The breakthrough came as a result of revisiting the case with new forensic technology. Goodman was arrested in Trenton on April 15, 2024, and is currently detained pending trial. Howard, already incarcerated in Rhode Island for another crime, was also served with the charges.

The incident traces back to May 9, 2008, when Leroy Julious was found critically injured and robbed in a gravel lot, with severe head trauma and his pockets turned inside out. Initial observations included a disordered scene with multiple individuals present, including Howard, who was near the victim's vehicle.

For 16 years the senseless, cruel death of Leroy Julious has gone unsolved,” said Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin. “But law enforcement did not forget and did not give up. We hope the charges bring a measure of relief to the victim’s grieving loved ones.

Renewed investigative efforts in March 2023 led to fresh insights into the case, bolstered by advanced forensic analyses and DNA testing, enabling the task force to make these recent charges. The collaboration of multiple agencies, including the NJ State Police and U.S. Marshals, has been pivotal in moving this long-stalled case forward.

While the charges brought provide a measure of hope for justice, they remain accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. The alleged crimes carry potential sentences of up to life in prison, reflecting the severity of the accusations.

We are continuing to investigate this murder and are asking for the public’s help,” Prosecutor Onofri continued.Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact MCHTF detectives at (609) 989-6406 or”

This case is a testament to the relentless pursuit of justice, regardless of how much time has passed, and underscores the importance of technological advancements in solving crimes.

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