NEW BRUNSWICK — A New Brunswick man was charged today with robbing and fatally shooting a 26-year-old man, who was found dead in a city park, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Director Anthony A. Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department announced.
Kevin Vauters, 19, of New Brunswick was charged with murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose following the death on Jan. 10, of Eugene Lockhart, 26, of New Brunswick.
Vauters was charged today after he was arrested at his home in New Brunswick at 10:25 p.m. Tuesday night. He was apprehended on municipal court warrants unrelated to the homicide.
He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail which was set this afternoon in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves.
Vauters was charged following an intensive investigation by Detective Drew Weiss of the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Michael Daniewicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation began after police received a 911 call from a passerby, who found the victim at Pittman Park on Handy Street in New Brunswick at 6:46 a.m. on Jan. 10. Lockhart was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:15 a.m.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to call Detective Weiss of the New Brunswick Police Department at 1-732-745-5200, or Investigator Daniewicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-4018.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Vauters are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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