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By Alex Johnson
A Newark, New Jersey Policeman Accused of Shooting and Killing a Fleeing Car Driver in January was Charged with Manslaughter on Tuesday.
26-year-old officer Jovanny Crespo has been indicted in a grand jury indictment.
Crespo, a member of the Newark Police Department for less than two years, was in Essex County Prison in Newark. Few additional information has been provided, including whether a guarantee has been given or whether Crespo has a lawyer.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office later informed that a detention hearing had not been scheduled, but that it could take place on Wednesday.  Essex County County Attorney Theodore Stevens said that a policeman who stopped Griffin's car at the end of January reported by radio that the vehicle had gone off and that she had seen a weapon in it. Crespo joined the persecution and opened the fire in three places.
A passenger, Andrew Dixon, 35, was seriously injured and is "not in good shape almost four months later," Stevens said.
No other officers They fired their weapons, he said.
In addition to the heavy manslaughter and the heavy assault, Crespo was charged with two cases of possession of a weapon for an illegal purpose and two cases of official misconduct. If convicted, he could have a life in prison, Stevens said.
The prosecution said the case was the first lethal police shot that "recently" led to an indictment in Essex County.