Englewood NJ Homicide Suspect Found Not Guilty
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The defendant in an Englewood NJ double homicide case was found not guilty by a Bergen County Superior Court jury.
The suspect is a 38-year-old man. He has been held in the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack NJ since January 29, 2013 on charges that he murdered a woman and her daughter.
The victim and her five-year-old daughter were found in their apartment on West Palisades Avenue in Englewood, New Jersey. The adult had been stabbed 11 times, while the child had been suffocated with a plastic bag. Just one day later, the suspect was placed under arrest by law enforcement.
Authorities believed that the suspect was the killer. According to testimony from family members of the victim, the suspect committed acts of domestic violence against the victim on several occasions.
Despite receiving plea offers from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect reportedly turned down all deals and maintained his complete innocence of the criminal charges.
During a trial in Bergen County Superior Court, the jury listened to a police interrogation video and heard the suspect tell police that he was innocent at least 100 times.
At the conclusion of the homicide trial, the jury deliberated for less than two hours. Ultimately, the jury found the defendant not guilty on the first degree murder charges. The jury also found the defendant not guilty on the other criminal charges.
After the verdict was rendered, the suspect reportedly cried and thanked God.
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For further information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Shock Verdict as Jury Takes 2 Hours to Acquit Man in Murder of Woman, Daughter.”