Little Egg Harbor Man Indicted on Murder Charge

Sep 05, 2018

An Ocean County Superior Court Grand Jury has indicted 26-year-old Kendrick Coley of Little Egg Harbor Township for the murder of Richard Pone in his township home, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato announced on Aug. 29. Coley was also charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

On May 16, at approximately 8:15 p.m., the Little Egg Harbor Police Department was dispatched to a home on Maplewood Drive, after receiving a 911 call reporting a male within the residence had a knife. While on route, patrol officers were advised additionally by dispatch that a male subject had been stabbed inside the house.

When they arrived they encountered the defendant, Kendrick Coley, in the garage and immediately took control of him to ascertain what took place. Officers were directed by a female at the home to a second floor bedroom, where they discovered Pone, 28, unresponsive with a stab wound to his chest. Pone was pronounced dead at the scene 8:42 p.m. The medical examiner would subsequently find the cause of death to be a stab wound to the chest and the manner of death a homicide.

The joint investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department found that there was an altercation between Coley and Pone, during which Coley retrieved a kitchen knife and allegedly stabbed Pone in the upstairs bedroom. The altercation allegedly resulted from Pone confronting Coley about an assault against a female at the residence that had taken place earlier.  —P.J.


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