An ex-teacher at a Wharton NJ school faces criminal charges for allegedly murdering her boyfriend at her Mount Olive home.
According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the 53-year-old suspect killed the victim on March 3, 2014. The victim was a 51-year-old man who resided in Staten Island, NY. He had reportedly gone to the suspect’s residence in Mount Olive NJ because he wanted to break up with her.
After the shooting, the suspect reportedly notified the Mount Olive Police Department. When Mount Olive NJ police officers arrived at the residence, they found the victim’s body.
The suspect is accused of shooting the victim while he tried to end the couple’s relationship.
Now the suspect is scheduled for trial in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, New Jersey.
The suspect’s attorneys have indicated that she will claim self-defense in the homicide case. The suspect’s lawyers said that the homicide victim abused the suspect before the fatal shooting. For example, said the suspect’s lawyers, there were multiple prior acts of domestic violence between the suspect and the victim. Additionally, the suspect’s attorneys expect to introduce evidence reportedly showing that the homicide victim had a history of domestic violence with his ex-wife.
At this time, however, there does not seem to be supporting documentation of prior restraining orders between the suspect and the victim.
On June 6, the suspect’s attorneys will appear in Morris County Superior Court for a hearing to go over the admissibility of various statements allegedly made by the suspect to police.
The suspect used to work as a math teacher at Marie V. Duffy Elementary School in Wharton, New Jersey. At the time of the death, she was on a leave of absence from teaching at the elementary school.
For additional information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article, “Woman Charged in Beau’s Killing in Mt. Olive to Claim Abuse.”