By: Richard L. Smith
Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department has resulted in the arrest of a Trenton man for last year’s shooting death of Chron Jenks.
Prosecutor Onofri said Mr. Trayvon Stokes, 31, of Trenton, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, first-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and certain second-degree persons not to possess a gun. Stokes was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Trenton.
According to Prosecutor Onofri, a subsequent search warrant was executed at his residence by members of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mercer County Tactical Response Team and the Trenton Police Department.
At approximately 5 a.m. on September 11, 2022, Trenton police responded to a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds in the 300 block of Garfield Avenue.
Prosecutor Onofri said upon arrival, officers located the victim on the sidewalk suffering a gunshot wound to the chest. Jenks, 34, of Ewing, was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly.
At the time of the search warrant execution, Breeyon Jones, 34, was present and detained. Jones was charged with certain second-degree persons not to possess a weapon after a handgun was recovered from his bedroom.
Prosecutor Onofri said his office will file motions to detain both defendants pending trial.
The charges are a result of an investigation by the MCHTF and TPD, specifically lead task force, Detective Karl Johnston.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the MCHTF at (609) 989-6406.
Despite being charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.