New Brunswick Man Charged With Fatal Beating

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NEW BRUNSWICK — A city man was arrested Wednesday on a charge of fatally beating another resident, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and New Brunswick Police Director Peter Mangarella announced.

Larry Byrd, 39, of Wright Place in New Brunswick was charged with murder in the death of Lenny Jackson, 38, of Seaman Street, New Brunswick.

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

The investigation began after police received a 911 call at 10:49 p.m. on Nov. 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 Dec. 20, 2010.

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

According to the investigation, Byrd allegedly assaulted the victim outside a house on Delavan Street. The murder charge was filed against Byrd on Jan. 14. He had remained at large until his arrest Wednesday.

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

Authorities are asking anyone with information on the case to call Detective Abode of the New Brunswick Police Department at 1-732-745-5218, or Investigator Daniewicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-4018.


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