Two arrested in Trenton shooting murder of Mark Hudson

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TRENTON, NJ – Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department has resulted in charges being filed against two Ewing residents in connection to last week’s murder of Mark Hudson Jr.

Tyshawn Smith, 23, is charged with murder, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a handgun.  Brianne Novak, 21, is charged with hindering apprehension for providing false information to the police.  Both Smith and Novak were arrested at their respective Ewing residences on Saturday, November 27, by members of the Mercer County Tactical Response Team.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Smith pending trial.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021, Ewing police were dispatched to Hudson’s residence in the 200 block of Douglas Avenue for a person shot.  Upon arrival, officers located the victim suffering from gunshot wounds to his chest and left hand.  Hudson was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

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The murder remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective Jennifer Eyster at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to