FREEHOLD, NJ — Two Asbury Park residents have been indicted in connection with the homicide of a 57-year-old resident of the city’s senior citizens complex in April, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
A Monmouth County Grand Jury has handed up a nine-count indictment charging Knowledge B. Allah 54, with first-degree murder in the death of Salah Ali, whose body was found on April 11 inside the Dr. Robinson Towers, the prosecutor’s office said in a release.
Allah and Martha Sanders, 70, are facing additional charges of second-degree disturbing human remains, second-degree conspiracy to disturb human remains, three counts of third-degree hindering apprehension of oneself, third-degree hindering apprehension of another and fourth-degree tampering with physical evidence.
Allah was first charged with Ali’s murder shortly after the Asbury Park police responded to a 911 call at about 11:18 a.m. on April 11 requesting first aid for a fall victim at the building, located at 1000 Third Avenue. Police arrived to find Ali's body in a stairwell with an apparent stab wound. After continued investigation, Sanders was subsequently charged by detectives on July 11 for offenses involving covering up the homicide, the prosecutor’s office said.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Allah faces a minimum sentence of 30 years in state prison without parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The sentence comes with a 30-year period of parole ineligibility and requires him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.
Both Allah and Sanders face a separate sentence of up to 10 years in prison if convicted on either of the second-degree offenses, and also up to five years on each third-degree crime and 18 months on the fourth-degree offense.
The cases are assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Caitlin Sidley and Joseph Lanzot.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by federal and state law.
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