8/5/2020: Charges filed in 5/24/2020 Vineland Homicide Investigation / State v. Sharay Palmer and Wayne Broughton

CHARGES FILED IN MAY 24, 2020 VINELAND HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

STATE V. SHARAY PALMER AND WAYNE BROUGHTON

On May 24, 2020, at approximately 3:03 a.m., investigators with the Vineland Police Department and Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the area of Chestnut Avenue and South West Boulevard on a report of a single car motor vehicle accident in the area.  Responding officers located victim Travis Douglas, age 31 of Randallstown, Maryland on scene and determined that he had sustained multiple gunshot wounds.  Efforts were made to revive Douglas who ultimately died as a result of being shot.  Investigation revealed that Douglas was traveling on W. Chestnut Avenue when a second vehicle pulled up alongside his car and fired multiple rounds into the driver’s side of the vehicle.  Investigators identified a second male subject who was in the vehicle when the shooting occurred and had likewise been shot several times.  The second individual was treated for his wounds and was subsequently released from the hospital.  A third occupant of the victims’ vehicle, was not shot during the incident.

As a result of a joint investigation by the Vineland Police Department and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, the following charges were issued against 23 year old Vineland resident Sharay Palmer and 29 year old Vineland resident Wayne Broughton:

Sharay Palmer was charged on June 19, 2020 as follows:

  1. Murder (1st degree), in violation of 2C:11-3a(1);
  2. Murder (1st degree), in violation of 2C:11-3a(2);
  3. Conspiracy to Commit Murder (1st degree, 3 Counts), in violation of 2C:5-2a(1)/11-3a(1);
  4. Attempted Homicide (1st degree, 2 Counts), in violation of 2C:5-1a(1)/2C:11-3a(1)
  5. Aggravated Assault (2nd degree), in violation of 2C:12-1b(1);
  6. Aggravated Assault (3rd degree), in violation of 2C:12-1b(2);
  7. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd degree), in violation of 2C:39-5b(1); and
  8. Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose

On July 11, 2020, Sharay Palmer was arrested in the area of Rancho Cucamunga, California, where he is was detained pending extradition back to New Jersey.

Wayne Broughton was charged on June 18, 2020 as follows:

  1. Murder (1st degree), in violation of 2C:11-3a(1);
  2. Murder (1st degree), in violation of 2C:11-3a(2);
  3. Conspiracy to Commit Murder (1st degree, 3 Counts), in violation of 2C:5-2a(1)/11-3a(1);
  4. Aggravated Assault (2nd degree), in violation of 2C:12-1b(1);
  5. Aggravated Assault (3rd degree), in violation of 2C:12-1b(2); and
  6. Tampering with Physical Evidence (4th degree), in violation of 2C:28-6a(1)

Defendant Wayne Broughton currently remains at large despite efforts to locate him. NOTE: Wayne Broughton is considered armed and dangerous, members of the public who come into contact with Wayne Broughton are advised to immediately contact local law enforcement and should not approach Wayne Broughton for any reason.  Please see below recent photographs of Wayne Broughton.

The public is urged to contact the police if they observe or otherwise come into contact with Wayne Broughton. Additionally, members of the public are urged to contact Vineland Police Sergeant Nicholas Sterchle at 856-691-4111, and/or Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Sergeant Ryan Breslin at 856-207-2738, with any information that may be relevant in the ongoing criminal investigation.

Anyone wishing to share information anonymously may do so in one of three ways: 1) by downloading the CCPOTIP App at the Android or iPhone store and choosing the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office; or 2) by submitting an anonymous tip via text to 847411 with CCPOTIP and your tip in the message line; or 3) by going to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office Facebook page or webpage (njccpo.org) and submitting a tip to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.

*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.