Suspect In Perth Amboy Man’s Killing Now Charged With Murder

PERTH AMBOY —  A Perth Amboy man accused of fatally stabbing a 37-year-old city resident last weekend was charged with murder today, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Benjamin Ruiz of the Perth Amboy Police Department announced.

Dana Kearney, 32, of Perth Amboy was charged with the murder of Christopher Sharp, who was killed on Aug. 18 in the William Street home where the defendant lived. Kearney was arrested following the homicide and initially was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

The murder charge was added today during an intensive investigation by Detective Carlos Rodriguez and Detective Marcos Valera, both of the Perth Amboy Police Department, and Investigator Frank DiNinno and Investigator Jose Rodriguez, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Kearney is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick. Bail initially was set at $250,000, but was raised today in New Brunswick to $500,000 by Superior Court Judge Douglas Wolfson.

Kearney was arrested at a home in Plainfield hours after the victim was pronounced dead. Police were called to the scene of the stabbing at 1:57 a.m. on August 18, 2013.

An autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the victim had been fatally stabbed.

Authorities asked anyone with information about the killing to call Detective Valera of the Perth Amboy Police Department at 732-442-4400, or Investigator Rodriguez of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-4505.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Kearney are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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