Officials are searching for a 34-year-old man who is suspected of stabbing a ShopRite supermarket employee multiple times. According to a news report in The Asbury Park Press, the assault occurred near the checkout lanes inside the supermarket on Atlantic City Boulevard in Berkeley. Officials say the man drove away from the incident. It is unclear what triggered the incident or if the suspect knows the 37-year-old victim. The suspect is wanted on attempted murder charges.
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3(a) 1, a person is guilty of an attempt to commit murder if the person “Purposely engaged in conduct which was intended to cause the death of the victim, if the attendant circumstances were as a reasonable person would believe them to be,” or “Did or omitted to do anything with the purpose of causing the death of the victim without further conduct on (his/her) part.”
During an attempted murder trial, the prosecution will have to prove that the defendant acted beyond a reasonable doubt to cause fatal injuries. Some assault or aggravated assault cases or cases involving a deadly weapon such as a knife or firearm may be elevated to attempted murder charges in New Jersey. These charges could result in life-changing consequences including a lengthy prison term, hefty fines, and a criminal record.
The experienced assault defense lawyers in NJ at Lependorf & Silverstein have a successful track record of representing those who are facing serious assault charges.