Prosecutor: Area Man Indicted in New Year’s Day Murder

A 39-year-old area man has been indicted on murder charges stemming from an early New Year’s Day homicide, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced on Thursday.

The man, Carl A. Richards, of Marlboro, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. The Endangering charges stem from three children being present in the home at the time of the incident.

The case background …

On Monday, January 1, 2024, at 12:49 a.m., Marlboro police responded to a home on Texas Road in the Morganville section of Marlboro Township on an urgent request for medical attention for a male who had been assaulted.

Upon arrival of police, the victim, identified as George L. Mott III, 64, was found unresponsive with severe trauma to his head, face, and neck. Mott was rushed to Old Bridge Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 1:49 a.m.

An investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Bureau and the Marlboro Township Police Department revealed that after a verbal dispute, Carl A. Richards repeatedly physically assaulted the victim, causing his death. It was determined that both Mott and Richards live at the residence.

Richards was arrested and transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) where he remains incarcerated, as a motion by the state to keep him detained was granted.

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office