Doc­u­ments shed light on mur­der of vet­eran

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - FRONT PAGE - By Su­laiman Ab­dur-Rah­man Su­laiman@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @sab­durr on Twit­ter Tren­to­nian staff writer Penny Ray con­trib­uted to this re­port.

TREN­TON » Hours after bounc­ers re­moved My­col Beckett from a city bar for vi­o­lent be­hav­ior, he armed him­self with a hand­gun and mur­dered Eric Rue, an in­no­cent vic­tim who reg­u­larly pa­tron­ized the es­tab­lish­ment, au­thor­i­ties al­lege in court doc­u­ments.

Beckett, 29, en­tered Cham­pi­onship Bar and Mu­sic on the 900 block of Cham­bers Street dur­ing the early morn­ing hours of Sept. 1. He got into a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion with an­other male at the bar about 12:30 a.m., prompt­ing bounc­ers to kick Beckett out.

About six hours after the bar fight, sur­veil­lance footage shows Beckett get­ting dropped off near the in­ter­sec­tion of Cham­bers Street and Mor­ris Av­enue from a dark-col­ored Mazda sedan. Beckett then walks to the front pas­sen­ger door of a ve­hi­cle oc­cu­pied by Rue, lean­ing with his right hand on the door frame of the front pas­sen­ger door, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Beckett then ap­pears to en­gage the vic­tim in a con­ver­sa­tion for ap­prox­i­mately 60 sec­onds be­fore shoot­ing the vic­tim through the front pas­sen­ger’s win­dow, which was par­tially opened, De­tec­tive Scott Rich of the Mercer County Homi­cide Task Force al­leges in an af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause.

After slay­ing the vic­tim in cold blood, sur­veil­lance footage shows Beckett run­ning on foot to a dark gray Volvo sedan parked on the op­po­site side of Mor­ris Av­enue. Beckett then im­me­di­ately drives the Volvo sedan away on Mor­ris Av­enue to­ward Bert Av­enue at a high rate of speed in the ve­hi­cle that had dark­t­inted win­dows, ac­cord­ing to the al­le­ga­tions in the af­fi­davit.

Rue, 34, was found about 8 a.m. Sept. 1 sit­ting in the driver’s seat of a sil­ver 2018 Kia Forte sedan in the area of Commonwealth and Mor­ris av­enues in Tren­ton’s East Ward suf­fer­ing from mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds. He was rushed to Saint Fran­cis Med­i­cal Cen­ter for treat­ment, where he was pro­nounced dead shortly there­after, court doc­u­ments state.

Rue was a reg­u­lar pa­tron of Cham­pi­onship Bar and would of­ten sleep in­side his ve­hi­cle un­til the next day after pa­tron­iz­ing any bar, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause, which at­tributes that in­for­ma­tion to the vic­tim’s fam­ily.

Beckett and Rue had both ap­par­ently pa­tron­ized Cham­pi­onship Bar dur­ing the early morn­ing hours of Sept. 1. While Beckett is ac­cused of get­ting into a bar fight six hours be­fore the homi­cide, court doc­u­ments do not iden­tify the black male whom Beckett had a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion with. Rue was a black male, but he may not have been the in­di­vid­ual in­volved in the 12:30 a.m. al­ter­ca­tion. Through re­view­ing sur­veil­lance video and in­ter­view­ing wit­nesses, po­lice were able to iden­tify Beckett as the al­leged killer. As a re­sult of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, war­rants were is­sued Sept. 3 for Beckett’s ar­rest, charg­ing him with mur­der and re­lated weapons of­fenses. He was ap­pre­hended Sept. 6 dur­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle stop by Tren­ton Po­lice, au­thor­i­ties said. Beckett was ar­rested at least twice last year. He was charged with at­tempted mur­der in con­nec­tion with a July 27, 2017, shoot­ing that hap­pened in the 100 block of Fair­way Drive. A 17-year-old male suf­fered gun­shot wounds to both of his legs that morn­ing and was rushed to the hospi­tal for emer­gency surgery. The vic­tim told po­lice he was in the area drop­ping some­one off when he was shot. Twenty-three-year-old Edgar Wil­liams was also charged in con­nec­tion with that shoot­ing. Beckett was also ar­rested in June last year for al­leged drug dis­tri­bu­tion in the first block of Sum­mer Street. Rue’s Face­book pro­file says he was em­ployed as an Au­to­mated Lo­gis­ti­cal Spe­cial­ist in the United States Army. Beckett is be­ing held at the Mercer County Cor­rec­tion Cen­ter pend­ing a de­ten­tion hear­ing re­gard­ing the mur­der charges.

My­col Beckett (left) is ac­cused of killing Eric Rue (right)

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