Attorney of Eunice Dwumfour murder suspect seeks competency evaluation

 

An attorney of Rashid Ali Bynum, the 28-year-old man who was arrested and charged in the slaying of a New Jersey town Councilwoman in the US, Sayreville Eunice Dwumfour, is requesting a competency evaluation as he was back in a Virginia courtroom for a bond and extradition hearing.

Brynum has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Dwumfour, who was married a few months before her death to Peter Ezechukwu, a pastor based in Nigeria.

“I don’t feel comfortable asking my client to waive extradition without a competency evaluation,” the attorney said.

Bynum has not spoken during his court appearances but his attorney is looking into his interests.

In presenting their case, prosecutors said Bynum’s contact information was in Dwumfour’s phone under her church’s acronym. Bynum is said to be a member of a parish of the church in which Dwumfour was a pastor.

Prosecutors are alleging that Bynum came to Sayreville, where Dwunfour lived, in a white Hyundai. They said witnesses told them a white Hyundai was suspiciously parked on Gondak Drive, about a quarter of a mile away from where Dwumfour was shot and killed.

Rashid Ali Bynum, of Portsmouth, Virginia was taken into custody last Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder, as well as unlawful possession of a handgun.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone claimed her office has compiled a long trail of evidence, including surveillance video linking Bynum and a white Hyundai to the crime scene.

“Surveillance video was recovered capturing the suspect fleeing from the scene in the direction of Ernston Road,” Ciccone said.

“Additionally, a witness at the scene described the suspect as a thin, black male possibly 5’10 to 6 feet tall in height, having ear-length braids or dreads. Another witness described a suspiciously parked Hyundai observed in the area minutes before the murder.”

In the days leading up to the murder, Bynam allegedly searched online to see what magazines were compatible with a specific handgun.

His cell phone was also detected going through toll booths at the same time as the white Hyundai from Virginia to New Jersey, and then back again on the day of the shooting.

Prosecutors allege Bynum knew Dwumfour from Fire Congress Fellowship, a church Dwumfour had been affiliated with in the past.

“Additional records reveal that on the day of the murder, Bynum searched the internet for information on Champions Royal Assembly Church, as well as the area of Sayreville, New Jersey,” Ciccone said.

The 30-year-old councilwoman was shot and killed four months ago outside her home in the Parlin section of town, just after returning from a shopping trip. When police arrived, they found her in the front seat of her vehicle, with multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Witnesses had alleged that after she was shot she then lost control of her SUV and continued to roll down the hill and slam into a parked Mercedes-Benz.

Dwumfour, a Republican, was elected to the seat in November 2021. She graduated from Newark Public Schools, before going on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in women and gender studies from William Paterson University.

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