by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
UPDATED: Wednesday, Dec. 7
Arrest Made in Murder of Sarah Butler of Montclair
Yesterday, Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, age 20, of Orange was arrested and charged with one count of murder and one count of disturbing of human remains.
An autopsy determined that Butler died as a result of compression of the neck and her death was ruled a homicide. An investigation by the Prosecutor’s Homicide Task Force led to Wheeler-
Weaver being arrested last night.
The suspect's bail has been set at $1million; he'll be arraigned in Essex County Superior Court at a later date.
MONTCLAIR, NJ - The body of Sarah Butler, 20, of Montclair, was found Thursday, Dec. 1, in Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange. Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti announced that Butler's remains were found earlier in the day.
Butler's family had reported her missing two days before Thanksgiving on Tuesday, Nov. 23, when they were unable to reach her by phone. Family friends report that Butler was "very close" to her family.
Essex County's Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly reported that Butler's remains were discovered at about 11:30am Thursday morning while a team of county and municipal investigators, including K9s, were searching in an area of the Reservation.
The New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office today announced that Butler's death was determined by autopsy to have been a homidice and that her body was placed in the Reservation.
The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Prosecutor's Homicide Task Force Tips Line at 877-847-7432 . Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the murder.
No further information is available at this time.
Ali Muhammad Brown Indicted Thursday on Brendan Tevlin Felony Murder and Terrorism Charges; Charges Against Co-Defendants Dropped
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - On Thursday, an Essex County Grand Jury returned a nine-count indictment charging Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, of Seattle with two counts of terrorism, one count of murder and other charges for the 2014 killing of Brendan Tevlin, 19, of Livingston. Brown, a self-described Muslim, is the first person in New Jersey to be indicted under the terrorism statute.
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray dismissed the charges against two co-defendants, Eric Williams, 19, and Jeremy Villagran, 20, both of West Orange, who were arrested and also charged in August of 2014 with Brown.
“As the investigation continued, evidence was developed,
Ali Muhammad Brown is charged with the following:
The murder took place on June 25, 2014 when Tevlin, home after completing his freshman year at the University of Richmond was shot multiple times while stopped at a traffic light at Walker Road and Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Shortly before the murder, Tevlin contacted a family member to let them know he was on his way home after visiting friends. The investigation into the murder remains active and ongoing.
Brown is expected to be arraigned on Aug. 4, before the Honorable Ronald D. Wigler, Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division.