Lacey Man Charged With Murdering Wife

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  OCEAN TOWNSHIP – A Lacey Township man has been arrested and charged for allegedly killing his wife and leaving her body on the side of a road Sunday morning, officials said.

  Jeremy B. Cruz, 51, of Forked River is charged with First-Degree Murder in connection with the death of 51-year-old Dawn C. Cruz.

  Around 1:30 a.m., a concerned motorist found a woman who appeared to have severe injuries at the intersection of Asbury and Colonial avenues in the Township of Ocean. Police arrived and identified the woman as Dawn Cruz. She was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

  Shortly after, Jeremy Cruz turned himself in to authorities at Berkeley Township Police Department headquarters.

  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact MCPO Detective Aaron Shaw at 800-533-7443 or Ocean Township Police Department Detective Zachary Rhein at 732-531-1800.

  Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.