A woman who was formerly employed as a Mount Olive NJ elementary school teacher could be headed to prison if she is convicted on domestic violence homicide charges in connection with the shooting death of her boyfriend.
The victim was shot and killed at a Mount Olive residence on March 3, 2014. According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect killed the victim at her home on Apollo Way.
The suspect, a 54-year-old Mount Olive resident, initially told police that she shot the victim by accident because she thought he was an intruder breaking into her home.
The suspect later changed her story, according to authorities. Sometime after being arrested, she reportedly said that she shot the victim in self-defense because he was attacking her. The suspect’s attorney also claimed that she was a domestic violence victim.
So what really happened on the night of the killing? The Mount Olive Police Department sent officers to the house after getting a call about a domestic violence incident. The caller also told police that they heard gunshots being fired at the residence.
When Mount Olive police officers arrived at the scene, they saw the victim’s body inside the house. The homicide victim was 51 years old when he tragically died. He previously worked as a New York City police officer.
After conducting an investigation, Mount Olive police and Morris County prosecutors determined that the suspect likely shot the victim when he tried to break up with her and end their relationship.
The suspect, who worked as a teacher at Marie V. Duffy Elementary School in Wharton NJ, was fired shortly after prosecutors charged her with first degree murder.
During pre-trial proceedings in the homicide case, the suspect’s criminal defense attorney argued in front of a Morris County Superior Court judge and tried to get certain evidence thrown out. For instance, the suspect reportedly made admissions to Mount Olive police on the night of the fatal shooting. The suspect is now attempting to get those admissions ruled inadmissible for trial, which will be held in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, New Jersey.
It is expected that a ruling on the admissibility of the statements will come in July.
While the suspect awaits trial, she is being held at the Morris County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
For more information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article, “Accused Mount Olive Killer Claims She Thought Boyfriend Was an Intruder.”