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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: August 22, 2013








Perth Amboy resident charged with murder


††††††††† Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Benjamin Ruiz of the Perth Amboy Police Department announced that a Perth Amboy man was charged today with fatally stabbing a 37-year-old resident last weekend.


††††††††† Dana Kearney (DOB 10/15/81) of Perth Amboy was charged with the murder of Christopher Sharp, who was killed on August 18, 2013 in the William Street home where the defendant lived.


††††††††† Kearney was arrested following the homicide and initially was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.


††††††††† The murder charge was added today during an intensive investigation by Detective Carlos Rodriguez and Detective Marcos Valera, both of the Perth Amboy Police Department, and Investigator Frank DiNinno and Investigator Jose Rodriguez, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.


Kearney is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick. Bail initially was set at $250,000, but was raised today in New Brunswick to $500,000 by Superior Court Judge Douglas Wolfson.

Kearney was arrested at a home in Plainfield hours after the victim was pronounced dead. Police were called to the scene of the stabbing at 1:57 a.m. on August 18, 2013.


An autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examinerís Office determined the victim had been fatally stabbed.


The investigation is active and is continuing.


Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Valera of the Perth Amboy Police Department at (732) 442-4400, or Investigator Rodriguez of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-4505.


As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Kearney are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.