Judge holds man, 25, for trial in fatal shooting on South Street

Lance Smith, the man arrested for allegedly fatally shooting a Sicklerville, N.J. man on South Street in November, was ordered to stand trial Tuesday.

Smith, who turns 25 Wednesday, is charged with murder and related counts in the Nov. 17 shooting of Demetry Presley, 21.

Smith is being held without bail.

The shooting happened at 1:30 a.m. a few steps away from the Mixed Plate Lounge, a restaurant-turned-nightclub that the victim’s family rented out to stage a party.

Minutes before the shooting, Presley and several of his brothers ejected Smith from the club after he grabbed a woman by the throat.

Once outside, witnesses said Smith pulled a chrome semiautomatic handgun and shot Presley five times. Police caught Smith shortly afterwards. Court records indicate he is being represented by defense attorney Brian McMonagle.

-- Mensah M. Dean