Indictment Returned in 2015 Barnegat Light Murder
Nearly 15 months after his arrest on charges of murder in Barnegat Light, Conrad Sipa, 52, of Colts Neck was indicted by an Ocean County Grand Jury Feb. 10 and charged with the murder of Richard Doody Jr. at Doody’s Central Avenue house.
The events outlined in the indictment allege that Sipa committed the offense of knowing or purposeful murder by causing the death of Richard Doody Jr. sometime between November 21, 2015, and November 23, 2015, said a press announcement issued by Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Long Beach Township Police Chief Anthony Deely.
Sipa had been released on $1 million bail. He had been arrested at his home in Colts Neck two days after the victim’s body was found.
Doody’s body was found at 2204 Central Ave. by officers from the Long Beach Township Police Department on Nov. 23, 2015, after a concerned family member was unable to make contact with him, officials said.
An autopsy conducted by Dr. Ian Hood on Nov. 24 determined that Doody had suffered blunt force trauma to his head and slash wounds to his neck. Hood ruled that Doody was the victim of a homicide.
Sipa “is alleged to have utilized multiple weapons against the victim in the commission of this murder, including a knife, golf club, and/or a ceramic lamp,” said the prosecutors’ office report. “Sipa is also alleged to have taken steps to attempt to clean up the scene of the crime and to remove items of evidence from the scene in order to avoid apprehension.”
The specific counts of the indictment include one count of murder – first degree, three counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose – third degree, one count of unlawful possession of a weapon – fourth degree, one count of hindering apprehension or prosecution – third degree, and one count of tampering with physical evidence – fourth degree.
Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and White Collar Crimes Units, the Long Beach Township Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigations Unit in this case have conducted the investigation.
The lead detectives are Detective John Murphy from the prosecutor’s office and Sgt. Ron Hullings of the Long Beach Township Police. The victim’s residence was meticulously examined and processed by members of the Crime Scene Investigations Unit of the sheriff’s department.
Doody, 60, was a retired lieutenant from the Fire Department of New York who also owned a home in Tottenville, Staten Island, the Staten Island Advance had reported.
Tax records with Barnegat Light borough show the victim had purchased the Barnegat Light property in January 2015.
“The media and public is reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations. Each person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until their guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt in court,” said the indictment announcement.