Burlington County man pleads guilty to stabbing step-father to death
A Burlington City man pleads guilty in Superior Court to stabbing his step-father to death last year in an East Broad Street apartment.
Under a deal with the Burlington County Prosecutors office 44-year old Stephen Paul will spend 30-years in a state prison following the plea to first degree aggravated manslaughter.
Judge Haines scheduled sentencing for May 24, 2018.
Paul admitted in court to stabbing 70-year old Edward Williams repeatedly while the two were quarreling physically at his residence on August 1, 2017.
Williams was pronounced dead upon arrival of responding agencies.
It was a relative who tipped off police Williams was inside after they were denied access to the residence by Paul.
Burlington City Police were able to enter the apartment with Paul's permission and they found the body of the victim.
Paul was arrested without incident.
An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood determined Williams died from multiple stab wounds.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Jeremy M. Lackey.
The investigation was run by the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and the City of Burlington Police Department, with assistance from the Westampton Township Police Department.
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