Man found guilty of killing North Brunswick man for dating ex-girlfriend

A Piscataway man was found guilty by a jury on May 2 of fatally shooting a North Brunswick resident in his home on May 14, 2017, while out on bail pending sentencing on a robbery out of Union County.

Jerome Davis, 43, was found guilty of the murder of Patrick Olarerin, 57, of North Brunswick. Davis was also found guilty of unlawful possession of a weapon in the second degree, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the second degree, and second-degree burglary for entering the home of the victim, according to information provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

During a three-week trial that began on April 9, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Amber Gibbs and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Vanessa Craveiro presented evidence and testimony showing that Davis previously stalked and harassed the victim, who was dating Davis’ ex-girlfriend. On May 14, 2017, Davis entered the home of the victim and fatally shot him, according to the statement.

Davis is facing a prison term of 30 years to life when he is sentenced in New Brunswick on June 27 by Superior Court Judge Colleen Flynn. He will have to serve at least 30 years before being eligible for parole.

He was charged following an investigation by Detective Seeta Jones of the North Brunswick Police Department and Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police began the investigation after the victim was found in his apartment at 5:15 a.m. on May 14, 2017. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.