ELIZABETH – A 48-year-old man was convicted of killing a 60-year-old Elizabeth woman in 2004 last month. It was Gary Suttle’s third time standing trial for the death of Lois Zukowitz, and after his latest conviction his attorney said he would file another appeal.
The jury believed that Suttle beat Zukowitz to death with a hammer inside her Pennington Street apartment. His first trial ended in a hung jury in April 2008, but he was acquitted of weapons possession. He was convicted of the killing in June 2008, but the verdict was overturned on appeal.
In Suttle’s latest trial, one of the witnesses for the prosecution was unable to testify. Stephanie Cunningham, 52, was found dead in her Clark motel room on June 21, hours before she was scheduled to appear in court. A preliminary medical examiner’s report concluded that she appeared to have died of natural causes, pending the results of a toxicology report. Prosecutors were able to read Cunningham’s statements from the previous trials to the jury.
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