- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - Court documents show that a murder conviction has been upheld for a man sentenced to life in prison in the 2011 shooting of a central New Jersey police officer.

The Asbury Park Press reports (https://on.app.com/1R4KEGl ) that court documents show the state appeals court upheld the 2012 conviction of Jahmell Crockam on Wednesday.

Crockam was convicted in the January 2011 death of Lakewood police officer Christopher Matlosz.

Matlosz had recognized Crockam as someone who was wanted, and told Crockam to come with him. Crockam then shot Matlosz in the neck and head.

Public defenders had argued some evidence unfairly influenced the jury and that a witness’ testimony was tainted.

The court found that Crockam’s statements that he intended to kill a police officer were evidence regarding his state of mind.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, https://www.app.com

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