Monell indicted on murder charges in stabbing death
Accused murderer Jeremiah Monell on Thursday rejected a prosecution plea deal. The deal would have let a judge decide his punishment for the murder of his wife. The case now goes to a grand jury. Joseph P. Smith/Staff Writer
BRIDGETON - A Cumberland County grand jury has indicted Jeremiah E. Monell on four counts in the stabbing death last year of his estranged wife, Tara O’Shea-Watson.
The March 22 return of the indictment was timely. The state was under a deadline to indict Monell by early April.
The four counts are murder in the first degree; possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, a third-degree crime; unlawful possession of a weapon, a fourth-degree crime; and contempt for allegedly violating a final restraining order when he entered the home of O’Shea-Watson.
Authorities alleged Monell stabbed his estranged wife to death in the presence of their 12-year-old son on Dec. 19, 2016 in their home in the Laurel Lake section of Commercial Township. Monell, 32, reportedly was living in Cedarville.
The murder charge in the indictment has an additional paragraph in which the jurors state that Monell’s act was “outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible or inhuman in that it involved torture, depravity of mind, or an aggravated assault to the victim.”
Monell is due in court next on April 21 for a post-indictment arraignment hearing.
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