Trenton Man Arrested for Shaela Johnson’s Murder

A 20-year-old man was arrested on Thursday night and charged with the November 2018 shooting death of Shaela Johnson, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.   Police charged Nazier Francois, of Trenton, with murder and numerous other offenses, including attempted murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault, aggravated arson, weapons and tampering with evidence, related to the November 27, 2018 shooting death of 19-year-old Shaela Johnson of Trenton.

Officials say Francois is being held at the Mercer County Correction Center pending a detention hearing scheduled for April 10th.   The charges are a result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.

According to authorities, approximately 2 p.m. on November 27, 2018, Trenton police responded to the 800 block of Stuyvesant Avenue on a report of shots fired.  

Upon arrival, patrol units discovered the victim, later identified as Johnson, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to her head and body.  Johnson was being loaded into the back of a pickup truck by several people.  

Officers followed the truck to the hospital where Johnson was pronounced dead a short time later.   The investigation revealed numerous .45 and .40 caliber shell casings in the intersection of Stuyvesant and Hoffman avenues, as well as on the sidewalk and in the entryway of a deli on Stuyvesant Avenue.  Area surveillance footage showed two males exiting a Nissan Maxima and firing at the victim.  

Police located the vehicle engulfed in flames at the intersection of Howell and Franklin streets a few hours later.   The investigation is ongoing.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact the MCHTF at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to   Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.