A former teacher at a school in Wharton NJ has been charged with murdering her boyfriend at her residence in Mount Olive, New Jersey.
According to Morris County prosecutors, the 53-year-old suspect shot and killed the victim on March 3, 2014. The victim, a 51-year-old male, lived in Staten Island, New York.
After the shooting, the suspect reportedly dialed 911 and contacted the Mount Olive Police Department. When Mount Olive police officers got to the residence, they saw the victim’s body.
The suspect allegedly shot the victim while he was in the process of breaking up with her.
Now the suspect is set to stand trial in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, NJ.
It is expected that the suspect will claim that she committed the homicide in self-defense. The suspect’s lawyers have said that the homicide victim abused her prior to the fatal shooting. For example, said her attorneys, there were prior acts of domestic violence between the suspect and the shooting victim. The suspect’s attorneys also hope to be able to introduce evidence allegedly showing that the murder victim committed domestic violence against his ex-wife.
However, there does not appear to be any supporting documentation of domestic violence in this case because there were no previous restraining orders involving the suspect or the victim.
The next stage in the legal process is a hearing on June 6 to go over the admissibility of statements made by the suspect during the investigation. According to authorities, the suspect spoke with police on the day of the homicide.
The suspect was previously employed as a math teacher at Marie V. Duffy Elementary School in Wharton NJ. At the time of the homicide, she had taken a leave of absence from teaching.
For more information about this case, go to the DailyRecord.com article, “Woman Charged in Beau’s Killing in Mt. Olive to Claim Abuse.”