Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Squatter Guilty of Murder for Bludgeoning Waldwick Man

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Squatter Guilty of Murder for Bludgeoning Waldwick Man

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After five days of deliberation, a jury found Carl Jones guilty of murder and two counts each of burglary and theft, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office.

Jones was accused of fatally bludgeoning Timothy Linnartz, a 29-year-old from Waldwick, with a hammer behind an abandoned factory on Governor Street in Paterson in August 2013.

After the murder, Jones broke into Linnartz's Jeep Cherokee to steal its radio, tools inside the car and the car itself, Prosecutor Camelia Valdez said in a written statement.

Linnartz and Jones were squatters in the abandoned factory at the time of the murder.

Jones was charged with and found guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree burglary, third-degree theft, third-degree burglary and a disorderly persons offense of theft. Jury selection for the trial began May 23 and the trial began June 7. …

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