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Man Accused of Killing East Orange Teacher Released on $1M Bail

By kcora on
East Orange New Jersey

A 43-year-old Watchung man accused of killing an East Orange teacher earlier this year was released after posting $1 million dollar bail.

Andre Higgs, 43, is accused of murder and weapon charges in connection to the May 1 killing of 27-year-old Latrena May, of East Orange,.

According to Higgs' attorney during court said bail would be posted with a property bond covering about $706,000 in equity from the defendant's Watchung home.

The Watchung home is estimated to be worth approximately $1.2 million. 

A separate bond in the amount of roughly $435,000 combined would surpass the $1 million bail amount. 

Higgs and May were arguing in front of her home on the 100 block of Tremont Avenue in East Orange when May flagged down a patrolling officer that when Higgs shot her. Officer responded gunfire.

May was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Higgs was transported to University Hospital in Newark for treatment.

On May 11, Higgs was taken to the Essex County Correctional Facility, where he remained until posting the $1 million bail.