Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in connection to the death of a man in Monmouth County just minutes into the new year.

38-year-old Carl A. Richards of Marlboro is in custody and he has been charged with one count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter.

Just before 1 AM on January 1st, officers with the Marlboro Township Police Department responded to a home on Texas Road for a report of a man who had been assaulted.

Upon arrival, police found the victim, 64-year-old George L. Mott III, with severe trauma to his head, face, and neck.

Mott was rushed to Old Bridge Medical Center where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

An investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office determined the alleged assault took place after an argument between Richards and Mott who lived together at that home.

Richards is being lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution. An initial court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Caitlin J. Sidley of the Major Crimes Bureau. Richards is represented by Antonio J. Toto, Esq. of Monroe Township.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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