05/02/19 Conviction after Jury Trial – STATE V. DONALD SCURRY AND CHARLES CLARK

Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announces:

On May 1, 2019, Donald Scurry of Bridgeton, was found guilty by a Cumberland County Jury of the following offenses:

  1. Murder, 1st degree;
  2. Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, 2nd degree;
  3. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, 2nd degree;
  4. Hindering His Own Apprehension, 3rd degree; and
  5. Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Person, 2nd

On September 20, 2017, Millville Police and Investigators from the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office responded to a homicide at 110 West Main Street in the City of Millville.  The victim, Celeste Cannon, was located in the home, deceased from a gunshot wound to the head.  A joint investigation by the Millville Police Department and Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office led to the determination that Donald Scurry had shot Celeste Cannon.  Various surveillance videos and cell phone records placed Scurry in the area at the time of the murder.  Further, the murder weapon was located under the Maurice River Bridge in Commercial Twp. NJ by a construction crew on September 27, 2017.

Additionally, on May 1, 2019, Charles Clark of Millville was found guilty by the same Cumberland County Jury of the following offenses:

  1. Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, 2nd degree;
  2. Hindering the Apprehension of Another, 3rd degree;
  3. Tampering with Evidence, 4th degree;
  4. Obstruction, 4th

It was determined by investigators during the Donald Scurry investigation that Charles Clark and his girlfriend had dropped him off at 110 West Main Street on the night of the murder and subsequently picked him up in the area.  The investigators learned that Charles Clark had thrown an object over the Maurice River Bridge on the night of the murder.  It was determined that it was the handgun used in the murder of Celeste Cannon.

Donald Scurry faces 30 years to life in New Jersey State Prison for the offenses, of which he must serve 30 years or 85% of his sentence, whichever is greater.   Charles Clark faces up to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison for his offenses.

The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Cathryn Wilson.  Defendant, Donald Scurry, was represented by Ronald Thompson, Esquire.  Defendant, Charles Clark, was represented by Hercules Pappas, Esquire.

*If this press release involves the charging, accusation or indictment of a criminal defendant, same is merely an accusation.  The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.