Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk reported a conviction in the case of a Camden man accused of a fatal 2011 shooting.
A jury convicted Laurie Wint, M/26, of Passion Provocation Manslaughter, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Certain Persons not to Possess a Weapon on Friday and Resisting Arrest.
The jury found Wint guilty in the June 8, 2011 killing of Kevin Miller at Eutaw Park between Eutaw and Benson streets in Camden. During a week and a half of testimony, Assistant Prosecutor Peter Crawford presented evidence that Wint shot Miller in the chest, then chased after the victim as the injured man fled.
Wint offered self defense as an explanation for the killing, but in cross examination Crawford highlighted details in Wint’s accounts that differed from witness testimony, presented letters in which Wint described the shooting as a murder and made no mention of being afraid for his life in a confrontation with Miller, and noted that after the shooting Wint disposed of his weapon and hid from authorities, actions that did not support a claim of justified homicide.
Miller and Wint encountered each other in the park after Miller learned Wint spent the day with a woman Miller was dating.
Wint could be sentenced to a maximum term of 30 years incarceration in a New Jersey state prison. He would be eligible to receive an extended term of 10 to 20 years incarceration on the manslaughter offense and an additional 10 years on the weapons charges. Sentencing is scheduled for August 29.
Wint is currently serving a term of 25 years, 12 and a half years of which must be served before he is eligible for parole, for third-degree murder in Pennsylvania. He pleaded guilty to the stabbing death of Tyrone Newman, M/33, in Warminster Township, Bucks County, on July 24, 2011.