Additional Homicide Charges Filed Against Khalil Wheeler-Weaver in Connection With Death of a Newark Woman


crimeFrom the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office:

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray has announced that murder charges have been filed against Khalil Wheeler-Weaver in connection with death of Joanne Brown, age 33, of Newark. Brown’s body was discovered on December 5, 2016 in a vacant house in the 300 block of Highland Avenue in Orange, NJ. The cause of death was asphyxiation and the death was ruled a homicide.

After an investigation by the Prosecutor’s Homicide Task Force, Wheeler-Weaver was charged with one count of Murder and one count of Disturbing Human Remains. Wheel-Weaver was charged earlier this month with Murder in connection with the death of Sarah Butler, age 20, of Montclair, whose body was discovered in Eagle Rock Reservation on December 1, 2016.

The new charges against Wheeler-Weaver were filed on Friday, December 16, 2016 , according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly, of the Prosecutor’s Homicide Squad. Bail was set at $5,000,000 by the Honorable John Gizzo, J.S.C. Wheeler-Weaver continues to be held in the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark. The arraignment of Wheeler-Weaver is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, 12/20/16 before the Honorable Ronald J. Wigler, P.J. Cr.

The investigations into the deaths of Brown and Butler are continuing, according to Fennelly. At this time, there is no indication that the victims knew each other.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prosecutor’s Tips Line at (877) 847-7432.

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