County Prosecutor’s Office
25 Kirkpatrick Street, 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, New Jersey,
Release* Date: August 13, 2009
South Brunswick woman
pleads guilty in double homicide case
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that a
19-year-old South Brunswick woman pleaded
guilty today to charges of assisting in the slaying of a township couple in
their home on October 8, 2008.
Taylor, (DOB 7/30/90) of the Monmouth Junction section of South
Brunswick, pleaded guilty to two counts of being an accomplice to
also pleaded guilty to a count of attempted theft, admitting she tried to
deposit a $2,100 check from the victims’ trucking company into her personal
account. The check was rejected by her bank.
a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Julie
Davidson, the defendant faces up to 10 years in a New Jersey state prison and must serve 85
percent of the term before she can be released on parole.
her release, Taylor
will be placed on parole for three years.
agreed to testify truthfully at any future court proceedings involving the
murders of Michael J. Maltese, 58, and his wife, Kathleen Maltese, 53.
a hearing today before Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz at the Middlesex
County Courthouse in New Brunswick, Taylor admitted holding
Mrs. Maltese while Mr. Maltese was killed, and said she held Mrs. Maltese until
Mrs. Maltese was attacked.
Taylor also said she failed to take any action to prevent
the couple from being murdered.
who lived with the Malteses at their home on Maple Street in the Monmouth Junction
Mobile Home Park, was arrested and charged after the victims were discovered in
a shallow grave in Beech
in the township on October 25, 2008.
co-defendant, Michael A. Maltese, (DOB 10/14/88) is awaiting trial on charges
including the murder of his parents. No trial date has been set.
is the case with all criminal defendants, Maltese is presumed innocent until