July 29, 2016
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Pemberton Township Police Chief David Jantas announced today that a Browns Mills teenager was charged with fatally shooting an acquaintance early yesterday morning.
Nelven Salas, 18, of the 100 block of Rugby Street in Pemberton Township, was charged with one count of aggravated manslaughter for the death of Davon Coleman, also 18. Salas was additionally charged with possession of a handgun without a permit and hindering apprehension.
The investigation revealed that Salas and Coleman were in a detached garage with a third individual at that individual’s residence in the 300 block of Bayberry Street yesterday morning when the shooting occurred just before 1 a.m. Coleman was pronounced dead a short time later at Deborah Hospital in Pemberton Township.
The shooting was initially reported to police as having occurred during an assault on Coleman, Salas and the third individual by three masked intruders who entered the garage. Police were told that the assailants fled after shooting Coleman.
As the investigation continued it was determined that a handgun was produced by the defendant that ultimately caused Coleman’s death. A firearm was found hidden in the garage that is believed to be the gun that ended his life.
Salas will have a first appearance in Superior Court this afternoon in Burlington County before the Hon. Terrence R. Cook, J.S.C. The case will then be referred to a Burlington County Grand Jury for possible indictment. Salas is presently in the Burlington County Jail on $250,000 full bail.
An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood concluded the manner of death was homicide and the cause was a gunshot wound to the chest.
The case was investigated by the Pemberton Township Police Department and detectives from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Crime Scene Unit and High-Tech Crimes Unit.