Elizabeth man convicted for manslaughter

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ELIZABETH, NJ – After a two-week trial before Union County Superior Court Judge Candido Rodriguez, Jr., Laquan McCall, 31, of Elizabeth, was found guilty on Friday of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree aggravated assault. Before returning a verdict, the jury deliberated for three days. 

Shortly after 2 a.m. Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to a report of an altercation at Ben’s Bar in the 600 block of Meadow Street on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Oscar Melara, 28, was found severely injured, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutors Alaina Caliendo and Jillian Reyes, who prosecuted the case.

Following an altercation outside the bar, McCall punched Melara approximately four times, resulting in a brain injury that ultimately resulted in Melara’s death.

Upon arrival at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Melara was pronounced dead.