JUST IN: OCPO announces indictment in Lakewood homicide; Victim crashed while driving himself to hospital

stab 1Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced today the Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Lakewood man in connection with a homicide in Lakewood last year.

Darneil Lee Reeves, 32, of Lakewood was indicted on one count of 1st degree Murder, one count of 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (knife) and 4th degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Reeves faces a maximum sentence of 30 years to life and a minimum mandatory penalty of 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole upon conviction of the murder charge. He remains incarcerated in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail set by the Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, P.J.Cr.P. at $1,000,000 with no ten percent option.

The indictment stems from the homicide that occurred in Lakewood in which Hassan Parker, 33, of Lakewood was the victim. Parker was pronounced dead during the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 23, 2015. He was transported to Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a utility pole on the corner of John Street and River Avenue in Lakewood at approximately 11:20 p.m. Parker was the only occupant of the vehicle. While treating Parker, it was discovered that he had suffered a stab wound to his chest. The Ocean County Medical Examiner ruled that Parker died as a result of the stab wound.

Subsequent investigation revealed that Darneil Reeves allegedly inflicted the stab wound just minutes before Parker crashed his car into the utility pole. The wound was inflicted while Parker was seated in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Martin Luther King, Jr. apartment complex in Lakewood. The distance between the parking lot and the crash scene is less than a mile. Investigators believe that Parker was trying to drive himself to the hospital at the time of the crash.

The Ocean County Major Crimes Unit and the Lakewood Police Department, with assistance from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI conducted the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Armstrong and Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman.

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