Bail Set at $10M for Pa. Man Charged in NJ Teen's Murder

Alisha Colon was found in the bedroom of her second-floor apartment on Belgrove Drive in Kearny with a gunshot wound to her head

Monday, Jan 21, 2013  |  Updated 1:30 PM EDT
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16-Year-Old Girl Shot, Killed in NJ Home

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Cruz Martinez, Jr. (inset) was charged Saturday in the murder of 16-year-old Alisha Colon.

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16-Year-Old Girl Shot, Killed in NJ Home

A 16-year-old girl was shot and killed in her home in New Jersey Thursday, authorities said. Marc Santia reports.
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Bail has been set at $10 million for a Pennsylvania man accused in the slaying of a teenage girl who was found shot to death inside her northern New Jersey home.

Hudson County prosecutors tell The Jersey Journal that 41-year-old Cruz Martinez Jr. of Hazelton also faces weapons charges in the death of 16-year-old Alishia Colon of Kearny, who was shot in the head.

Martinez was arrested Saturday in Pennsylvania on an unrelated warrant and will be extradited to New Jersey.

Colon's body was found in her bedroom Thursday, not long after some of her relatives were involved in a street fight.

Authorities say the girl wasn't involved in the fight, and investigators say it's not yet known if the fight and the fatal shooting are connected.

 

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