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††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* ††††††Date: January 19, 2011





New Brunswick man charged with fatal beating



Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and New Brunswick Police Director Peter Mangarella announced that a city man was arrested today on a charge of fatally beating another resident.


Larry Byrd (DOB 5/19/71) of Wright Place in New Brunswick was charged with murder in the death of Lenny Jackson, 38, of Seaman Street, New Brunswick.


An investigation by Detective Kenneth Abode of the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Michael Daniewicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office led to the arrest of Byrd, who was apprehended at 1:07 p.m. today at a motel on Route 35 in Middletown Township in Monmouth County.


Byrd is being held without bail and is expected to be transferred today to the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick.


The investigation began after police received a 911 call at 10:49 p.m. on November 17, 2010 and arrived on Delavan Street to find Jackson had been beaten and was unconscious.


He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and later was transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Edison, where he died on December 20, 2010.


An autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examinerís Office concluded that the victim died from complications from injuries that were inflicted during the assault.


The investigation showed Byrd assaulted the victim outside a house on Delavan Street. The murder charge was filed against Byrd on January 14, 2011. He had remained at large until his arrest today.


Prosecutor Kaplan commended the U.S. Marshals Service, the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Task Force, the Middletown Township Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Fugitive Unit for their assistance during the arrest.


Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Abode of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5218, or Investigator Daniewicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-4018.


As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charge against Byrd is merely an accusation and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.