FREEHOLDA male resident of Marlboro has been charged in connection with a homicide that took place in the early hours of New Year’s Day, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced on Friday.

Carl A. Richards, 38, was charged with one count of first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter.

On Monday, January 1, 2024, at approximately 12:49 a.m., members of the Marlboro Township Police Department responded to a residence on Texas Road in the Morganville section of Marlboro Township for an urgent request for medical attention for a male who had been assaulted at that location. Upon arrival of police, the victim, identified as George L. Mott III, 64, was discovered unresponsive with severe trauma to his head, face, and neck.  Mott was rushed to Old Bridge Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased at 1:49 a.m.

An investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Bureau and the Marlboro Township Police Department revealed that subsequent to a verbal dispute, Carl A. Richards physically assaulted the victim, ultimately leading to his death. It was determined that both Mott and Richards reside at the residence.

Richards is being lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) pending a first appearance in Monmouth County Superior Court on Friday, January 5, 2024.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Caitlin J. Sidley of the Major Crimes Bureau.

Carl A. Richards is represented by Antonio J. Toto, Esq. of Monroe Township.

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.