Man charged in NJ cop killing appears before judge

Associated Press
In this undated photo provided by Jeffery Hanlon, Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz is seen in a vehicle. Matlosz was shot and killed late Friday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2011, just moments after he rolled up alongside a suspect and began talking with him. Police arrested a 19-year-old suspect Sunday morning, Jan. 16, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said. (AP Photo/Jeffery Hanlon via Asbury Park Press)
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In this undated photo provided by Jeffery Hanlon, Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz is seen …

A man accused of gunning down a New Jersey police officer told relatives he loved them as a judge read the charges against him Tuesday.

Jahmell Crockam, 19, is charged with murder and weapons offenses in Friday's shooting death of Lakewood Patrolman Christopher Matlosz.

Crockam was arrested Sunday morning in Camden after police received a tip he was hiding in an apartment there, about 60 miles from the crime scene.

At his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon, Crockam turned away from the judge and mouthed the words "I love you" to relatives sitting in the back of the courtroom.

He is accused of shooting Matlosz three times as the officer sat in his patrol car.

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