SAYREVILLE — Two men were arrested and charged today in connection with the fatal beating of a 28-year-old Edison man who was killed in Sayreville, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Chief John Zebrowski of the Sayreville Police Department announced.
Daniel F. Medaglia, 27, of Edison was arrested at 12:40 a.m. today and was charged with the murder of Kelvin Dumo, while Ryan Morrell, 29, of Dunellen was charged with hindering the apprehension of Medaglia by destroying evidence, authorities said.
Bail was set at $2 million for Medaglia, while bail for Morrell was set at $50,000. The defendants must post the full amount before they can be released from custody, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
An autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Dumo died from blunt force trauma to the head and that the manner of death was homicide, officials said.
Investigator Michael Daniewicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Douglas Sprague of the Sayreville Police Department began an investigation after a man, whose name is being withheld, was on his way to work when he saw the victim and called 911 at 4:49 a.m. on Nov. 7.
The victim was pronounced dead at 5:25 a.m. on Nov. 7, after he was found on property owned by Viking Terminal on Jernee Mill Road in Sayreville.
Medaglia was apprehended by police at a motel on Route 1 in North Brunswick at 12:40 a.m. today, while Morrell voluntarily went to Sayreville police headquarters at about 5 a.m. and was charged with hindering shortly before 7 a.m.
Kaplan thanked the New Jersey State Police and the Dunellen, Edison and North Brunswick police departments for their assistance.
The investigation is continuing. Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Investigator Daniewicz at 1-732-745-4018, or Detective Sprague at 1-732-525-5411.
The charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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