Ocean County Teen Charged With Mother’s Murder

Edgar Diaz (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

OCEAN COUNTY – A Manchester teen has been charged with the August 7, 2019 murder of his mother in Toms River, announced Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.

  Edgar Diaz, 18, was charged with murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose – specifically a knife, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

  On August 7, 2019, Toms River Police responded to Deer Chase Professional Park on Route 37 for reports of an assault. Once on the scene, police found an unresponsive female who was later pronounced dead at Community Medical Center. 

  Further investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Toms River Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit revealed that Edgar Diaz attacked his mother, 44-year old Margarita Diaz. Diaz stabbed her with a knife and slammed her head into the pavement outside their parked vehicle, all in the presence of his younger brother. 

Photo courtesy Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media

  Diaz was arrested on August 13, 2019, and has been lodged in the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center since his apprehension.

  “The defendant, Edgar Diaz, was 17 years-old at the time these crimes occurred. Today, Edgar Diaz voluntarily waived jurisdiction of the Family Court to Criminal Court, and will be prosecuted as an adult,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.