JERSEY CITY — Murder investigators have recognized the 62-year-old homeless man stabbed to loss of life in a wooded space alongside the Union Metropolis Palisades on Friday. 

Verdejo Cruz, 79, is charged with aggravated manslaughter for allegedly stabbing Edward Karl a number of occasions within the torso close to “makeshift properties” properties, in addition to weapons offenses associated to a knife allegedly used within the murder, a felony criticism states.  

Police had been referred to as to the realm Third Road and Manhattan Avenue at round 7:40 p.m. on experiences {that a} man was injured or probably lifeless. 

The one that reported the loss of life led officers to an space of makeshift properties the place they discovered Karl mendacity on his again on the bottom, not respiration and with blood close to his physique. Police stated he appeared to have been stabbed six occasions within the higher torso and stomach space, in line with the criticism. 

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The officers encountered Cruz within the space and he was taken to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Workplace Headquarters on Duncan Avenue in Jersey Metropolis the place he was interviewed, the criticism says.

A person whose identify is redacted, stated he heard a verbal altercation between Karl and Cruz after which noticed Cruz lined in blood. The individual instructed investigators he checked on Karl and after seeing him in his shack with blood close to his physique, he dialed 911, the criticism says. 

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The criticism states the pair had been identified to one another as obvious relations.

Karl was taken to the Jersey Metropolis Medical Heart the place he was pronounced lifeless about an hour later, authorities stated.

Cruz made his first look on the fees Monday in Felony Justice Reform Court docket in Jersey Metropolis through video hyperlink from Hudson County jail in Kearny.

On the listening to, Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Leo Hernandez stated the state has moved to detain Cruz by the course of his prosecution.

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A detention listening to has been set for Thursday earlier than Hudson County Superior Court docket Decide Paul DePascale within the Hudson County Administration Listening to in Jersey Metropolis, the place it is going to be determined whether or not Cruz will stay jailed or launched with circumstances. 

At Monday’s listening to, Hudson County Superior Court docket Decide Sheila Venable knowledgeable Cruz of his rights and stated his subsequent court docket listening to could be on Aug. 9, additionally earlier than DePascale.

The wooded space that drops down alongside Hudson County’s Palisades is understood to be a spot the place the homeless arrange small shanties to occupy.



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