NEW BRUNSWICK—A grand jury has indicted two Perth Amboy residents on perjury charges, contending they gave false testimony during a murder trial last year, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced Tuesday.
The grand jury, sitting in New Brunswick, handed up counts of third degree perjury against Carlos Jerez, 24, and Mayreg Valdez, 21.
The indictment charged that Jerez gave false testimony on 22 occasions when he was called to testify on March 25 and March 26, 2009.
In addition, the panel accused Valdez of falsely testifying on 20 occasions when she was called to the witness stand on April 7, 2009.
The indictment was handed up Feb. 19, following a presentation by Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin T. Flood.
The grand jury charged that both witnesses testified falsely to facts that were material to the outcome of the trial of Miguel Alvarez, 24, a Perth Amboy resident who was arrested and charged in the fatal stabbing Aug. 26, 2007, of Tony Martinez, 19, also of Perth Amboy.
Alvarez was arrested and charged with fatally stabbing Martinez during a dispute outside a fast-food restaurant in Perth Amboy.
Alvarez was acquitted of murder on April 28, 2009, but was found guilty of hindering his apprehension by discarding a knife and other evidence.
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