Suspect in July Browns Mills stabbing death charged with murder
The chief suspect tied to a July stabbing behind an empty strip mall in Browns Mills faces a murder charge lodged by Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina's office.
Frank Walker III, 31, of Wrighstown, was apprehended Friday afternoon at the Prosecutor's office in Mount Holly, and was transferred to the Burlington County Jail to await proceedings in Superior Court.
The screams of Diana Stillwell, 29, from behind a vacant shop, spurred a passer-by to call police to the area of Juliustown Road and Pemberton-Browns Mills Road at about 8:45 PM on July 13, according to information supplied by Coffina and Pemberton Township PD Chief David H. Jantas.
She was pronounced dead at the scene, with severe upper-body lacerations. Investigators have not disclosed whether they have established a motive, whether the two were acquainted before the incident, or any other background information about either the defendant or the victim.
Diana Stillwell's online obituary says that she was a Freehold native, who lived with her family in Browns Mills for most of her life.
Coffina said that "no one deserves the violent end that Diana Stillwell tragically met."
"She was brutally attacked with a knife and left to die behind a vacant strip mall," he said. "Today, we are gratified to be able to take this first step towards bringing some measure of justice to Diana and her family."
In connection to the case, Darren DeCarlo, 32, of Pembertown Township, is charged with a fourth-degree count of obstruction, for allegedly giving investigators false information on the night of the killing.
Walker's case will be prosecuted by Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor Bob VanGilst. Authorities did not indicate whether Walker has legal representation.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.