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  • Police: Middletown teen killed during New Jersey drug deal

  • A 19-year-old Middletown man was shot and killed in New Jersey on Wednesday after he and another man allegedly attempted to rob a pair of drug dealers.
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  • A 19-year-old Middletown man was shot and killed in New Jersey on Wednesday after he and another man allegedly attempted to rob a pair of drug dealers.
    Middletown Village resident Cecil Bond IV was shot in the head during the confrontation, which occurred before 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Sullivan's Tavern at 1 S. Pennsville-Auburn Road in Carneys Point Township, police said.
    He later died from his injuries at Crozer Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pa.
    Police have charged James L. Trotman, a 49-year-old Warwick, Md., with murder and other offenses in connection with the shooting.
    Bond, who lived in the 200 block of Liborio Drive, and two other Delawareans – 22-year-old Matthew Beckford of Newark and 18-year-old Yameenah Poole, also of the 200 block of Liborio Drive in Middletown – drove to the bar to purchase prescription drugs from Trotman and Charles H. Foster, a 40-year-old resident of Easthampton, N.J.
    At some point during the drug deal, Bond and Beckford attempted to rob the other men at gunpoint, police said.
    A struggle ensued and Trotman reportedly managed to disarm Beckford after a single shot was fired through the roof of the car.
    Police said Trotman then pointed the gun at Bond and shot him in the head.
    Beckford managed to flee, but was arrested about 3:30 p.m. in a shed in Oldman's Township. All the other people involved in the incident were taken into custody at the scene, police said.
    Beckford is charged with robbery, possession of a firearm and other related offenses. He is being held at the Salem County Correctional Facility in Woodstown, N.J. on $100,000 bail.
    Trotman is being held at the same facility on $750,000 bail.
    Foster facing drug related offenses and has been released, police said.
    No charges were filed against Poole.
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