Authorities in Ocean County say a woman from Toms River has been indicted by a grand jury in connection to the death of a man last year.

57-year-old Mary Carbone of Toms River has been charged with one count of murder, three counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, three counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, and tampering with physical evidence, for the death of Frank Stochel in Manchester Township on February 24, 2020, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer.

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Authorities say on that day, Manchester Township police responded to a home in Pine Lake Park for a report of an unresponsive man. There, cops found Stochel's body on the floor. The next day, the Ocean County Medical Examiner determined his death was a homicide.

Sixth Avenue in Manchester Township NJ - Photo: Google Maps
Sixth Avenue in Manchester Township NJ - Photo: Google Maps

An investigation revealed that Carbone and Stochel both lived at that home and, "several household items were used by Ms. Carbone in the commission of the homicide; specifically, a wooden board, a heavy duty tape dispenser, and a shower curtain rod...".

Carbone was arrested and charged on March 4th of this year and has been held in the Ocean County Jail since.

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

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