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For Immediate Release:  
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October 12, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Vaughn L. McKoy, Director

 

John R. Hagerty
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TRENTON — New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey today announced that the ongoing homicide investigation into the murder of a Middlesex County man whose severed remains were found in three suitcases off the Virginia coast in May, 2004, has resulted in a State Grand Jury indictment charging the murder victim’s wife with First Degree Murder.

“This intensive ‘cold case’ investigation utilized the latest criminal forensic investigative techniques and is an example of what can be accomplished by veteran homicide prosecutors, State Investigators, State Police detectives, and forensic scientists,” said Attorney General Harvey. “The investigation has uncovered deliberate attempts by the defendant to thwart investigative inquiry, including authoring letters sent to the news media. While we cannot detail all of the investigative results at this time, it is important to note that there was sufficient evidence for the State Grand Jury to indict on first degree murder and related charges. The investigation continues.”

Division of Criminal Justice Director Vaughn L. McKoy said the State Grand Jury indictment charges Melanie McGuire, 32, 753 Constitution Drive, Brick, Ocean County, New Jersey, with First Degree Murder, desecrating human remains, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and perjury. McGuire, a nurse formerly employed at Reproductive Medical Associates of New Jersey, Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, is slated to appear before Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Frederick P. DeVesa today at 1:30 p.m. for arraignment on the charges contained in the State Grand Jury indictment. The Division of Criminal Justice will seek an increase in bail to three million dollars. Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Deborah J. Venezia previously set bail at $750,000. McGuire faces 30 years to life if convicted on the murder count. McGuire was arrested by State Investigators from the Division of Criminal Justice and State Police detectives on June 2. The arrest took place on Factory Street, Metuchen, Middlesex County, after McGuire’s 1999 Nissan Pathfinder was stopped by a marked State Police vehicle.

The State Grand Jury indictment alleges that McGuire killed her husband, William T. McGuire, 39, inside their Woodbridge, Middlesex County, residence located at 2902 Plaza Drive, between April 28 and May 5, 2004. The indictment alleges that after the murder, Melanie McGuire dismembered the body, placed the remains in black plastic trash bags inside three suitcases, and dumped the remains in the Chesapeake Bay. On May 5, 11, and 16, 2004, the Virginia Beach Police Department responded to the area of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and recovered the three suitcases containing McGuire’s remains. The Norfolk (VA) Medical Examiner determined that the contents of the three suitcases were the human remains of one person, subsequently identified on May 22 through fingerprint comparison, as William McGuire. The Virginia Medical Examiner determined that McGuire sustained at least two gun shot wounds - one to the head and the second to the chest. McGuire was employed at the New Jersey Institute of Technology at the time of his death

The indictment also charges that McGuire committed perjury on April 30, 2004 when she testified under oath in a Family Court proceeding seeking a restraining order against William McGuire. It is charged that Melanie McGuire testified that her husband (William McGuire) was a threat to her safety and that she required the protection of a restraining order. It is alleged that at the time of the Family Court proceeding, William McGuire was either incapacitated or dead by the defendant’s doing.

Criminal Justice Director McKoy noted that the homicide investigation was forwarded to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office by the Commonwealth of Virginia Attorney in September, 2004. The joint-agency investigation, coordinated by the Division of Criminal Justice and the New Jersey State Police, includes law enforcement representatives from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Woodbridge Police Department, and the Virginia Beach Police Department.

The investigation is being coordinated by Assistant Attorney General Patricia Prezioso, Division of Criminal Justice, Deputy Chief State Investigator Joseph Buttich, Division of Criminal Justice, and Lt. Paul Morris, New Jersey State Police Major Crime Unit. The investigation is conducted by State Police DSFC Sgt. David Dalrymple, State Police Major Crime Unit and State Investigator Donald Macciocca, Division of Criminal Justice, along with specialized state investigators and detectives from both agencies. Deputy Attorney General Lewis Korngut, and Deputy Attorney General John Higgins are assisting. The Middlesex County Prosecutors Office, the Woodbridge Police Department, the Virginia Beach Police Department, and the Commonwealth’s (VA) Attorney provided investigative assistance.

A copy of the State Grand Jury indictment and arrest warrant is available via the Division of Criminal Justice Web site at www.njdcj.org.

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