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Moorestown Home Invasion Leads to Homicide Investigation

Moorestown NJ Criminal Defense LawyerAuthorities in Burlington County have identified a man who was killed during a suspected home invasion at a residence in Moorestown recently.

The incident in question occured in the early morning hours on Sunday, July 9th. At approximately 12:25 a.m, police received a report from the resident of a home located on the 700 block of Hartford Road in Moorestown that their home had been broken into. Officers from the Cinnaminson, Delran, Maple Shade, and Mount Laurel police departments responded to the scene to find 26-year-old Moorestown resident James R. Doyle, 26, who had apparently been stabbed. Doyle was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

The home’s resident, who remains unidentified, reportedly admitted to stabbing two men after they broke into his home and a struggle ensued. Doyle was killed, while the other man was treated for a stab wound to the leg at Lourdes Medical Center in Willingboro. The home’s resident received medical care for a cut to the head. According to Burlington County authorities, Doyle’s death has been ruled a homicide. The case is currently under investigation by members of the Moorestown Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office but no charges have been filed as of yet.

There are many outstanding questions related to this incident, including: were the men armed when they broke into the home? What did the resident use to stab them? As for Doyle, he was reportedly convicted on drug charges in 2016, which resulted in a sentence of 5 years probation. He was also found guilty of disorderly conduct in 2014. Had he lived, Doyle may have been charged with trespassing, burglary, criminal mischief, or another criminal offense in connection with the recent home invasion. Additionally, if he and the other suspect had been armed during the incident, they may have also faced charges for possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Whether or not officials choose to charge anyone in connection with this incident remains to be seen. However, the man who survived the stabbing incident may still face charges for burglary, trespassing, or another crime. The home’s resident, on the other hand, may or may not face criminal charges, depending on the outcome of the investigation. If the resident was simply defending himself and his property, he may not be charged with homicide or manslaughter, despite Doyle’s death.

For additional information pertaining to this case, access the following article: Man killed in apparent Moorestown home invasion ID’d

Vandalism at Cinnaminson Church May Result in Criminal Charges

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Authorities from the Cinnaminson Police Department are currently investigating a vandalism incident at a local church that has been deemed a “bias crime.”

The incident in question occurred just after 3:00 o’ clock in the morning on Sunday, May 7th, at Saint Charles Church, located at 2500 Branch Pike in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. Surveillance video at the church captured the crime, during which a male suspect threw rocks at the front door several times. The man, who remains unidentified, appears to be a white male with a beard and long brown hair, fastened in a bun at the time.

At approximately 7:00 a.m., maintenance workers at the church discovered broken glass in the front door. Shortly thereafter, Cinnaminson police received another report of a brick thrown through a window at another church, specifically, the New Apostolic Church located at Branch Pike and Pomona Road. Officials believe that these were “bias crimes” and have asked that anyone with information regarding the incidents or the suspect immediately contact Cinnaminson Police at 856-829-6667, extension 2061 or the anonymous tip line at 1-800-78-Crime.

If investigators ultimately identify and charge a suspect in connection with this case, he may face criminal charges for a hate crime, criminal mischief, and other offenses.

What is a Bias Crime in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, a bias crime, often referred to as a “hate crime,” can refer to any illegal conduct that is intended to intimidate or threaten a person or group based on race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity. The most common hate crime is known as “Bias Intimidation,” which is discussed in New Jersey Statute 2C:16-1. According to this statute, bias intimidation can refer to any offense outlined in chapters 11 through 18 of the New Jersey Criminal Code that is committed or attempted with the purpose of intimidating the victim. The underlying offense in a bias intimidation case can range from simple assault, to criminal mischief, harassment, aggravated assault, and terroristic threats. Notably, a person convicted of bias intimidation will face separate penalties in connection with the underlying offense if they are found guilty of both crimes. In other words, a charge for bias intimidation does not prevent you from also being charged with harassment, assault, criminal mischief, etc.

New Jersey Criminal Mischief Charges

In this case, the underlying offense is known as criminal mischief (N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3). Criminal mischief offenses generally involve property damage. In New Jersey, you can be charged with criminal mischief for purposely or knowingly damaging the tangible property of another or damaging another’s property recklessly or negligently in the employment of fire, explosives or other dangerous means. Criminal mischief charges vary in terms of the degree of these crimes, based on the estimated value of the property damage, the nature of the property, and the results of the damage, meaning was anyone hurt or killed; or was their a disruption of a public utility or service as a result of the offense?

In cases involving bias crimes and criminal mischief offenses, the consequences can be severe. It is essential to protect yourself, which is why having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side can spell the difference between a positive and negative outcome. If you are facing charges in Burlington County or elswhere in South Jersey, criminal defense attorney Leonard Biddison is available to answer your questions with a cost-free consultation. Simply call 856.427.6888 anytime to discuss your case.

To watch the video and learn more about this case, access the following link: Cops looking for guy with man-bun who vandalized church

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