Jamaal Mellish Biography, Wiki, Age, Net Worth
New Jersey prosecutors have charged a soldier Jamaal Mellish and a teen boy with murder and kidnapping in the death of Fort Drum soldier Cpl Hayden Harris, whose body was found shot to death in a remote area in the northern part of the state on December 19, WWNY reported.
Prosecutors said the 20-year-old Hayden Harris left duty and went to Glen Park in New York to exchange a vehicle with the other soldier, but something went wrong with the deal. The 23-year-old Spc Jamaal Mellish and the 16-year-old then allegedly kidnapped Harris, took him to Byram Town in New Jersey, and shot him to death.
Shortly after Harris’ body was found, Mellish was arrested. Mellish was arrested in Oneida County, New York, and held in military custody pending extradition to New Jersey. The Sussex County Attorney said the teenager was in a children’s facility.
WWNY said that Harris’ body was found by Byram County police in a wooded area covered with snow. Investigators said they had linked Mellish to the case because they found documents with Mellish’s name on it at the scene where Harris’s body was thrown. The paperwork was reported to be a receipt for a different vehicle transfer between the two.
Harris from Guys, Tennessee graduated from the Air Raid School in 2019 and survived by his parents and sister. During his time in the army, he won many awards and badges.
Mellish is accused of murder, kidnapping, kidnapping and murder, possession of a pistol without permission, using the gun against a person, and concealing evidence. According to the prosecutor’s office, the boy is charged with murder, kidnapping, unauthorized possession of a gun and using a pistol against a person.
“The top of the snow was stained with what appeared to be blood,” the police department said in a statement. “During a search of the disturbed area in the snow, the victim’s body was found approximately 200 yards into the wooded area mostly buried under snow.”
Investigators said that Mellish was supposed to exchange a Ford Mustang with Harris for a Chevy pickup truck. The two had had a previous transaction, police said.
According to a Sussex County assistant prosecutor, authorities believe Mellish “abducted” Harris during the planned vehicle exchange.
Mellish is being held in military custody in New York pending extradition to New Jersey. It’s not clear whether he has an attorney.
The teenager is being held at a juvenile detention center. Byram police and the prosecutor’s office have not said how the teen was allegedly involved.
Harris, an infantryman with the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, joined the Army in March 2019. The Tennessee native was posthumously promoted to corporal and awarded the Army Commendation Medal, which honors soldiers for their heroic action, achievements or service.
He also earned several awards and decorations, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
“It was well known here that Corporal Harris was a great Soldier, and as we share our grief with his friends and family, I hear again and again how he was also – and most importantly – a really wonderful, caring person,” said Brigadier Gen. Brett Funck, acting senior commander of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, in a statement.