Release* Date: May 8, 2010
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: May 8, 2010
Neighbor held on charges of fatally stabbing
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Monroe Police Chief John J. Kraivec announced that a township man was charged today with fatally stabbing his 48-year-old neighbor, who was found dead in her home.
Warren Burkey, (DOB 1/26/78) of 1656 Perrineville Road, Monroe, was charged shortly after midnight with the murder of Theresa Wysokowski, who was found on May 7, 2010, in the bedroom of her home at 1654 Perrineville Road.
Burkey also was charged with burglary and a count involving an attack on a child. Details of the allegation are being withheld to protect the child’s identity.
Burkey, a warehouse worker who lived next door to the victim, was taken into custody by police about 15 minutes after Ms. Wysokowski was found dead.
He is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick on $3 million bail, which was set early today by Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone. The judge ruled the defendant must post the full amount before he can be released from custody.
Probable cause for the filing of the criminal charges included statements of witnesses, physical evidence and the results of the police investigation.
The charges were filed following an intensive investigation by Detective Griffin Banos of the Monroe Police Department and Investigator Adrian Villegas of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation determined that about a month ago, Burkey began renting a room from the victim’s mother, who owns the house next door to Ms. Wysokowski.
Police were dispatched to Ms. Wysokowski’s home after receiving a 911 call from the residence.
Ms. Wysokowski was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:01 a.m.
An autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that the victim died from multiple stab wounds.
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The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Banos at (732) 521-0222, or Investigator Villegas at (732) 745-4428.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Burkey are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.