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Arrest Made in Newark South 10th Street Homicide

Updated: Jul 31, 2021

July 22, 2021

Arrest Made in Newark Homicide

NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Newark Public Safety

Director Brian A. O'Hara announced today that Wesley Jean-Marie, 32, of Valley Stream, New York

has been arrested and charged with the murder of 21-year old Leeana Cottle of Newark who was fatally shot on July 20 in Newark.

Cottle was shot on the 200 block of South 10th Street at approximately 11:30 pm. She was transported to University Hospital in Newark where she was pronounced dead at 11:50 pm on July 20.

Jean-Marie is charged with murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for

an unlawful purpose in connection with her death. He is currently being held in New York awaiting

extradition back to New Jersey. Jean-Marie was apprehended without incident in Valley Stream, N.Y.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives

from the Newark Police Department, is handling the investigation. Prosecutor Stephens thanked law

enforcement in New York for their assistance.

These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or

are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex

County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-


Calls will be kept confidential.



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