Authorities: Man Shot by Deptford Police Officer Dies
Deptford officer James Stuart is now charged with murder in the shooting of Woodbury resident David Compton, inside the officer's home.
Update, 4:05 p.m., 1/11/13: The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office on Friday afternoon clarified the bail status for Deptford Police Officer James Stuart. His bail is set at $250,000.
"Initially it was set at $500,000, but after a further review of the defendant’s circumstances, the court changed the amount to $250,000," the prosecutor's office said in a release. "The purpose of bail is to insure the defendant’s appearance in court when required."
A Woodbury man shot in the head by a Deptford police officer inside the officer's home died early Friday, and now the officer is charged with murder, prosecutors said.
David Compton, 27, was taken off life support at Cooper University Hospital in Camden and died about 1 a.m. Friday, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
Deptford Police Officer James Stuart, 29, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in Compton's death.
He was taken into custody, and his bail was set at $500,000.
Stuart was initially charged with two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the shooting, which happened about 5 a.m. Jan. 5, inside the officer's home in the 200 block of Stanford Avenue in Deptford. Compton suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.
Stuart had been released from custody Jan. 5 after posting $10,000 bail on the assault charges. Stuart, a five-year police veteran, was suspended with pay from the Deptford Police Department following the incident.
Compton and Stuart knew each other for several years, and the indicent was not random, said prosecutors, who have not disclosed a motive for the shooting.