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Man Charged In NJ Cab Driver's Shooting Death

PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) -- Bail was set at $750,000 for an alleged gang member accused of fatally shooting a New Jersey cab driver during a botched robbery.

Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said Sunday that 19-year-old Wallace Parrish of Plainfield faces murder and weapons offenses.

Parrish was charged in the death of 44-year-old Isidro Leonardo, a married father of two young sons. Leonardo was shot in the head early Tuesday when he stopped in Plainfield to pick up a passenger for a prearranged trip.

Parrish, who Romankow said is a member of the "Sex, Money, Murder" sect of the Bloods street gang, was arrested Saturday night in Plainfield.

He was being held Sunday in the county jail, and it was not known if he had retained a lawyer.

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