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MILLVILLE - A Bridgeton man who was found not guilty in a 2012 murder trial is under arrest in the Sept. 20 fatal shooting of a Millville woman in her home.

Donald Scurry Jr., 25, was arrested late Wednesday night and charged with murdering 24-year-old Celeste F. Cannon, the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday.

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Scurry used a handgun to shoot Cannon in the head, according to a warrant provided by the prosecutor's office. He did not have a permit to possess the weapon, the warrant said.

Authorities said Cannon's body was found in the early morning hours in a house at 110 W. Main St. It is the second murder this year in Millville.

They did not disclose a possible motive for the shooting.

In April 2012, a Cumberland County Superior Court jury found Scurry not guilty of murder and weapons offenses in the Christmas Day 2008 shooting death of Rakeem Stubbs in Bridgeton.

Stubbs, 18, was killed during a fight at the Bridgeton Villas apartment complex, where he and Scurry both resided.

Scurry was 17 at the time of the shooting.

The county's current prosecutor, Jennifer Webb-McRae, also oversaw the prosecutor's office during Scurry's 2012 trial. 

"I'm obviously disappointed in the result," Webb-McRae said after the acquittal. "But, if you believe in the American justice system, you have to respect the way it works. And the jury has spoken."

Scurry's arrest in the latest homicide occurred around 11 p.m. Wednesday when detectives from the prosecutor's office, Millville Police Department and New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit nabbed him in the area of Commerce Street in Bridgeton.

Scurry appeared Thursday for a detention hearing before county Superior Court Judge Cristen D'Arrigo, who ordered him held in Cumberland County Jail for trial. He is scheduled for another court hearing on Tuesday, according to the court.

Scurry is charged with murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and certain persons not to have a weapon. 

Cannon was the mother of three children. Her burial is scheduled for Friday at Fordville Cemetery in Fairfield, following an 11 a.m. funeral service at Union Baptist Temple in Bridgeton.

Detectives said their investigation continues and they ask anyone with information to contact Lt. George Chopek of the prosecutor's Major Crimes Unit at (609) 381-2046 or Millville police detective Lt. Ross Hoffman at (856) 825-7000.

Tips also may be sent anonymously via text to 847411 using the keyword "CCPOTIP", through the prosecutor's office Facebook page, or online at njccpo.org.

Joseph P. Smith; (856) 563-5252; jsmith@gannettnj.com

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