Trenton man arrested for Hillside slaying

January 30, 2022

HILLSIDE, NJ (UNION)–A man was arrested Friday morning at his Trenton home after being criminally charged with running over and killing his girlfriend in Hillside in December, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Hillside Police Chief Vincent Ricciardi jointly announced Sunday.

Daaim J. Boykins, 40, is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes in connection with the death of Schwnaire Jones, 36 of Willingboro. 

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 5, 2021, members of the Hillside Police Department responded to the area of 41 King Street and found Jones — who had sustained critical injuries as a result of being intentionally struck by a vehicle — laying on the sidewalk. She was subsequently pronounced dead, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Cleaver, who is prosecuting the case.

An investigation led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Hillside Police Department, and with the assistance of the Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Trenton Police Department, resulted in the identification of Boykins as the murder suspect and led to his eventual capture and arrest.

“We are grateful for the collaboration from the local law enforcement agencies who assisted our Office in locating and apprehending the suspect,” Prosecutor Daniel said. “And we hope that this arrest can bring some small measure of comfort to all those grieving Ms. Jones.”

Anyone with information about this matter is still urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force Sgt. Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451-1873, Homicide Task Force Officer Ariel Franjul at 908-347-2212 or Hillside Police Det. Jose Aguiar at 732-221-0910.

Convictions on crimes of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of up to life in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.