Two Charged in Maplewood Triple Homicide; One – ‘Armed and Dangerous’ – Remains at Large

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The following was sent from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office on Friday, February 10: 

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A . Murray and Maplewood Police Chief Robert Cimino announced today that two men have been charged with the January 29 murders of Michael Davis, 45, of Maplewood, Lance Fraser, 44, of Newark and Roshana Kelson, 30, of Paterson.

Jimmy P. Mays, 37, formerly of Egg Harbor Township, NJ has been arrested in Columbia, Maryland by detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Maplewood Police Department, FBI and the Maryland State Police. He is presently in Maryland pending extradition to New Jersey.

Lavelle T. Davis, 33, of Galloway, NJ, remains at large. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Jimmy P. Mays (Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

Jimmy P. Mays (Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)


Jimmy P. Mays, age 33

Columbia, Maryland

(formerly of Egg Harbor Township, NJ)


Lavelle T. Davis (Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

Lavelle T. Davis (Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)




Galloway, New Jersey

Both have been charged with three counts of murder. They have also been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, felony murder, robbery and weapons charges.

These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law or enter a guilty plea.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information or knowledge of the whereabouts of Lavelle Davis is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS -4EC or 1-877-847-7432.

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