Man indicted for 2004 Scotch Plains homicide  

A Union County grand jury returned a three-count indictment against the Middlesex County man who was arrested late last year and charged in connection with the 2004 fatal shooting of a Plainfield resident in Scotch Plains.  

David Ghigliotty, 35, is charged with first-degree murder and two related weapons offenses in connection with the death of 26-year-old Taji Pile.  

Shortly after 10:45 p.m. on June 22, 2004, Scotch Plains police officers responded to the 1300 block of Rahway Road on the report of a male injured in the street, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Jillian Reyes, who is prosecuting the case.

Pile was found there and rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead the next day, Reyes said.

An investigation involving several police departments ultimately resulted in Ghigliotty being identified as a suspect, and he was arrested without incident at his South Plainfield home in November 2016, according to a statement released by Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.

Ghigliotty, who was also facing a separate indictment for an assault case in Middlesex County at the time he was arrested, had four prior arrests for indictable offenses, one for a violent offense.

Bail in the case was set at $1.5 million by state Superior Court Judge Frederic McDaniel.

Convictions on first-degree murder charges are commonly punishable by 30 years to life in state prison.  

These criminal charges are mere accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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