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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: February 7, 2014
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County Prosecutorís Office
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Defendant pleads guilty to murdering
County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that a
Robert L. Hayes Jr. (DOB 10/4/77) admitted counts of murder, burglary, aggravated arson and desecration of human remains in the death of Petra Rohrbaugh, 52, of Hilltop Boulevard in the Cliffwood Beach section of Old Bridge.
Hayes cut short his murder trial and pleaded guilty on February 6, 2014, after reaching an agreement with Middlesex County First Assistant Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Vincent Vitale.
the terms of the plea, Hayes will be sentenced to 30 years in a
In pleading guilty, Hayes said he broke into the victimís home, intended to kill her and strangled her before setting fire to her bed.
During the trial, Kuberiet and Vitale presented evidence and testimony linking the defendant to the crimes. Ms. Rohrbaugh was found dead in her bedroom on April 8, 2010.
Following an intensive investigation by the Old Bridge Police Department, the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office and the New Jersey State Police, the homicide and related charges were filed against Hayes on April 14, 2010.
He initially was arrested and charged on the evening of April 8, 2010, with obstruction and hindering police during the investigation into the womanís death.
after the homicide, police traced Hayes to the home of an unidentified friend