FREEHOLD – A Hazlet man was arrested and criminally charged with breaking into his father’s home yesterday and attacking two relatives, killing one of them, the acting district attorney announced Thursday. Monmouth County, Lori Linskey.
Ernest K. Kotey, 43, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree burglary and second-degree domestic violence strangulation in connection with the death of Nikoi Kotey, 77, and the neck injuries sustained by a 67-year-old woman. .
Shortly after midnight on Wednesday August 17, members of the Hazlet Police Department responded to a home in the 300 block of Middle Road and found Nikoi Kotey unresponsive in a bedroom. He was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly before 5.45pm yesterday.
An investigation involving members of the MCPO Major Crimes Bureau and the Hazlet Police Department determined that Ernest Kotey broke into the home through a back entrance, confronted his father, and physically attacked him, causing injuries. fatal injuries. He then came back down to attack his aunt, grabbing her by the throat until she managed to break free and escape the house. Kotey was arrested at the scene and later transported to Monmouth County Correctional Facility (MCCI), where he remains housed pending a detention hearing to be held in Monmouth County Superior Court.
This case was assigned to Monmouth County Assistant District Attorney Michael Luciano. Information about Kotey’s legal representation was not immediately available.
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