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Murderer who stabbed man 9 times gets 40 years in prison

Daniel Lawrence is guilty of the 2014 slaying in Warren County.

Daniel Lawrence will spend at least three decades behind bars, his punishment for fatally stabbing a man…

Pastor accused of up-skirt shots had more victims, civil suit claims

The Hackettstown church has denied the allegations initially made by the secretary there.

The retired pastor of a Warren County church who faces criminal charges for allegedly ta…

Pastor accused of up-skirt shots turns himself in at court

The retired reverend of a Hackettstown church was released after his first appearance before a judge.

The retired reverend entered the courtroom wearing a suit and handcuffs…

Warren County fugitive turns himself in — at Wawa

He was wanted on charges of theft and trespassing.

Some Pennsylvania police officers picked up more than hoagies on a recent Wawa run. They got a fugitive from New Jers…

N.J. borough took ‘immediate action’ on clerk accused of stealing $100K

The now-former municipal clerk is charged with cutting herself checks over five years.

The investigation may have taken 10 months, but officials in the Warren County borough…

Alleged 911 prank-caller accused of causing $2K in damage at park

The charge is in addition to 32 counts for fake reports of gunmen around Warren County.

An 18-year-old already facing a 32-count indictment charging him with making fak…

‘Justice was served’: Jury rejects murderer’s self-defense claim at trial

Daniel Lawrence was convicted of murder after only a few hours of deliberations.

The verdict came as a shock to some in the courtroom.
After only four hours — including an hourl…

Daniel Lawrence guilty of murder for 2014 N.J. stabbing

Daniel Lawrence was accused of fatally stabbing a man in 2014 outside a Warren County home.

UPDATE: Reactions to the murder conviction

Arguments of self-defense were not en…

6 arrested in late-night Phillipsburg drug raid

After a monthlong investigation, town police raided an apartment in the 100 block of Chambers Street.

A monthlong investigation into drug distribution has culminated in a raid an…

Recap: Day 2 of testimony on 2014 Washington homicide

Jurors heard from the suspect’s ex and watched his police interrogation.

Jurors saw the stab wounds that killed a man, heard from the suspect’s ex-girlfriend and watched a police interview on the second day of testimony in the trial of Daniel Lawrence.

The 29-year-old is accused of killing 30-year-old Warren Moore, of Jersey City, outside a Washington home on Sept. 2, 2014. 

The prosecution says the death arose out of jealousy; the defense says Lawrence killed Moore in a case of self-defense. Proceedings are expected to continue Wednesday morning.

A summary of Tuesday’s testimony:

The autopsy: Moore, a 5-foot-11-inch-tall, 165-pound man nicknamed “Juice,” died of nine stab wounds to his front, side and back. The defense also established that Moore had evidence of alcohol, PCP and methamphetamine in his blood and no defensive wounds on his hands.

Warren MooreWarren Moore, 30, of Jersey City, is seen in an undated photo. (NJ Advance Media file photo)

The ex-girlfriend: Melissa Woody, who at times dated both Lawrence and Moore, was called by the prosecution to describe the day that Moore died. He had come to her home to pick up a bag of his, but Lawrence was there and what started as a verbal dispute became physical, she said. Woody told of having to pull Lawrence off of Moore at one point, but did not directly witness the stabbing.

The defense questioned why, in the days after the homicide, she told the the state Department of Child Protection & Permanency that Moore was the aggressor. She said she was trying at the time to protect Lawrence and that DCP&P’s records of her statements were inaccurate.

RECAP: Day 1 of testimony

The interview: Jurors watched a recording of Lawrence’s hourlong interview with investigators at the Washington Township Police Department, which took place hours after the stabbing. In it, Lawrence said that he was woken by Woody and tried to help the wounded Moore, whom Lawrence said he did not know. Officers challenged his statement when they said Woody told them Lawrence and Moore had fought.

Lawrence was not a suspect during the interview, Detective Walter Koch testified. The defense asked why Lawrence was still detained and arrested that night. Koch said that was done as officers consolidated information.

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