An appellate court docket has ordered a mom and son charged in the decades-old murders of two relations in New Jersey to stay behind bars to permit prosecutors time to enchantment a choose’s order granting their launch as they await a retrial.
Superior Court docket Judge Joseph W. Oxley ordered the discharge of 69-year-old Dolores Morgan and 49-year-old Ted Connors from the Monmouth County Jail, however an appellate choose issued a keep of that order Friday afternoon, the Asbury Park Press reported.
Their first trial ended in a mistrial after jurors have been unable to succeed in a unanimous verdict following per week of deliberations in the murders of Morgan’s daughter and husband in Lengthy Department. Prosecutors allege that Morgan, then referred to as Dolores Connors, orchestrated each killings throughout conferences in the kitchen of the household residence.
Ana Mejia, 25, was stabbed 22 instances in her Lengthy Department house in December 1994 whereas her two kids, ages 1 and three, have been current, authorities stated. Nicholas Connors, 51, was shot 3 times in the pinnacle in Could 1995 as he lay on the sofa watching tv in the household residence.
A prosecution witness alleged in testimony that Morgan feared that Mejia, arrested in a state police cocaine sting, would supply proof towards her and her son. The murders remained unsolved till a chilly case squad revived the investigation in 2017. The defendants, who now stay in Delray Seashore, Florida, have been arrested in January 2020.
Protection attorneys Jason Seidman, representing Connors, stated the prosecution’s case was predicated “on the word of a snitch who got the deal of a lifetime.”
“She’s waited a long time to hug her husband and her son, breathe fresh air, eat real food and have a night’s sleep without 10 people screaming,” Seidman stated.
Lawyer Jonathan Petty, representing Connors, stated his consumer had been incarcerated for 645 days and “has a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old that he’s watching grow up in pictures.” After the choose ordered his launch, Petty stated, ““He said to me, ‘The next time I see my daughter, you won’t be showing me a picture.’”
“It’s the state’s position they murdered two people,” Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Meghan Doyle stated. “It’s our obligation to keep the people safe, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”