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A 23-year-old Fort Drum soldier and 16-year-old boy are facing murder and kidnapping charges in the Sussex County killing of 20-year-old U.S. Army Cpl. Hayden Harris.

Pvt. Jamaal Mellish, 23, and the unidentified teen were arrested earlier this month after Harris' body was found buried in snow, in a wooded area off Ross Road in Byram Dec.

19, authorities in Sussex County previously said.

Mellish, of Brooklyn, was charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, handgun possession, suppression of evidence and more, the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office announced Monday.

The teen was charged with kidnapping, felony murder, possession of a handgun and possession of a firearm with intent to use it unlawfully, according to the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office.

The 20-year-old corporal's body was found by Byram Township firefighters, who noticed personal belongings including documents and shoes near a wooded cul-de-sac near Ross Road on the afternoon of Dec. 19, Sussex County First Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller said.

Firefighters called police when they saw blood, he said.

Mellish, Harris' fellow soldier, was believed to have abducted and shot Harris after meeting for "some type of vehicle exchange," Meuller said.

Mellish was arrested in Watertown, NY, where he was held pending an extradition hearing in New Jersey. 

“We are devastated,” said Brig. Gen. Brett Funck, the acting senior commander of the Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division.

“It was well known here that Cpl. Harris was a great soldier, and as we share our grief with his friends and family, I hear again and again how he was also — and most importantly — a really wonderful, caring person."

Harris, a Tennessee native, was an infantryman from 1st Squadron 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

He was posthumously promoted to the rank of corporal and awarded the Army Commendation Medal, “a solemn end to the vigil the unit had kept since the early hours of Dec. 18,” Army officials said.

Funck noted Harris' death was "a tremendous loss for his loved ones, this division and our nation."

Harris joined the U.S. Army in March 2019 after training in Georgia. He arrived in Fort Drum in July of that year, and later graduated from Air Assault School.

His awards and decorations include a pair of Army Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

“Cpl. Harris had excellent teammates in the 1-89 Cavalry Regiment. I am proud of their quick action and hope that they can find some comfort in knowing they ultimately helped law enforcement officers locate Cpl. Harris and greatly empowered the investigation into his disappearance, Funck said.

Several police agencies in multiple states assisted with the investigation.

An "incredible social media response" from news stations in an effort to share Harris’ picture when he was first reported missing," Funck said.

“We are grateful to everyone who shared his picture or said a prayer for his safe return,” Funck added, “and we ask that you continue to tell the story of this great soldier, and keep his family in your thoughts and prayers, as we will.”

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Proposed Trade Sees Warriors Deal 23-Year-Old Star for $70 Million Forward

Getty Jordan Poole of the Golden State Warriors.

The Golden State Warriors have won four titles in the past eight years. Over the last decade, they have won 40% of the titles. The core trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green has been absolutely dominant. And how, they have guys like Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole helping lead the charge, too.

But by the end of next season, Golden State will be forced to make some crucial decisions. Up to this point, they’ve been more than willing to pay any amount of money to keep their core players. However, with Green, Thompson, Wiggins, and Poole all in need of extensions next summer, that may no longer be possible.

Since Poole is the youngest of the bunch, and since two-way wings like Wiggins are often more valued in today’s NBA, he could be the odd one out. Sean Deveny of recently revealed the Orlando Magic could try to steal Poole next offseason since they will have the necessary cap space. If that’s the case, then, Golden State should try to get some sort of value in return by offering a sign-and-trade.

Here’s an outline of a potential deal:

Warriors receive: Jonathan Isaac

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Magic receive: Poole

#GLeagueAlum Jordan Poole had the entire NBA on skates during his breakout season with the @warriors! ⛸???? #NBAHandlesWeek

His dribbling package is UNREAL.

— NBA G League (@nbagleague) August 12, 2022

Let’s be perfectly clear – the Magic would not have to send anything back to Golden State. They will have enough cap space to sign Poole outright, and the only reason they would consider a sign-and-trade is if they wanted to lessee the load on their books.

And since Isaac has dealt with a career of injury issues, maybe they would be willing to include him. For Golden State, this would be one way of getting something, even if that something is an injury-prone forward, out of the ordeal.

Just how serious is Orlando’s interest, though?

‘Watch Out’ for Magic in Free Agency

Since the Magic are in the midst of a rebuild, they could be looking to throw some money around next summer. Attacking the restricted free agency market would be a smart way of adding young talent, and according to an Eastern Conference executive who spoke with Deveney, Poole could be on their list of targets.

“I’d watch out for the Magic to be ready to make an offer if he’s restricted, knowing there’s a good chance Golden State is not going to match,” the executive told Deveney and Heavy Sports.

Still in awe how Jordan Poole got away with this move ????

— Warriors Nation (@WarriorNationCP) August 9, 2022

Orlando already has Cole Anthony and Jalen Suggs on the roster, but with Poole’s proven scoring prowess, he would be a great addition to their young core.

“They’re going to establish something with Paolo in the frontcourt, with his passing. But they’re going to need a top-level perimeter scorer, too. If you put Poole with Paolo and Franz Wagner, it’s an exciting young team,” the exec stated.

And for those who believe the Warriors will continue to spend regardless of the price, people around the league are doubtful.

Warriors Likely Won’t Keep Spending

As of now, the Warriors already have one of the highest payrolls in the league. If they extend all of their core players next summer, their payroll will approach $400 to $500 million, and it’s extremely unlikely that they are willing to pay that much.

“They bring in a lot of money,” the executive told Deveney. “They can do things most other teams can’t as far as keeping their talent in place. But even with that there are some limits. They made a choice with (Gary) Payton. They’re going to go through that again here.”

So, while it’s totally possible that Poole ends up getting extended by the Warriors if they choose him over other players, Orlando could attempt to pry him from Golden State’s grasp.

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