FREEHOLDA Monmouth County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a male resident of Marlboro for a homicide that took place in the early hours of New Year’s Day, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced on Thursday.

Carl A. Richards, 39, is charged with one count of first-degree Murder and three counts of second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The Endangering charges stem from three children being present in the home at the time of the attack.

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 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 repeatedly physically assaulted the victim, causing his death. It was determined that both Mott and Richards reside at the residence.

Richards was arrested and transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) where he remains incarcerated, as a motion by the State to keep him detained was granted.

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.