FREEHOLD— An Asbury Park woman has been charged in connection to a fatal stabbing of a man which occurred in the city on Saturday night.
Police charged 27 year-old Jennie Cullum with first degree Murder, fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in connection to the fatal stabbing of 23 year-old Iquan Tyler of Asbury Park.
On December 10, 2016 at 10:45 p.m., a vehicle approached an Asbury Park Police marked patrol vehicle parked near Springwood Avenue. The occupants of the vehicle told the officer that a person in the rear of the vehicle had been stabbed. The officer approached the vehicle and observed a male bleeding with an apparent stab wound.
The officer learned that the occupants of the vehicle were attempting to transport Tyler to Jersey Shore University Medical Center when they saw the police vehicle and decided to seek help.
The officer contacted the Asbury Park Fire Department’s First Aid Squad and they responded to the scene to transport Tyler to Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Despite medical intervention, Tyler was pronounced deceased at 12:05 a.m. The Asbury Park Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office launched a joint investigation into the murder of Tyler.
Police determined that the victim was at his residence within the Asbury Park Gardens apartment complex with family members when he went outside to pick up food that was being delivered. While Tyler was outside, Cullum, who also resides in the building, began to verbally attack the victim from the window of her apartment. Cullum then came downstairs and continued to argue with the victim.
After exchanging words with Cullum, Tyler returned to his apartment. Shortly thereafter, Cullum went to Tyler’s apartment and knocked on the door, asking for the victim to come out and into the hallway. Tyler eventually exited the apartment to speak with Cullum and shortly after walking into the hallway, Tyler was stabbed by Cullum. Based upon the investigation, police later located and charged Cullum.
Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Leslie-Ann Justus set bail at $772,500, no ten percent. Cullum’s initial appearance will be held at 1:30 p.m., before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge O’Brien Kilgallen.
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 United States Constitution and State law.
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