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Branchburg Man Indicted in Double Murder of His Grandparents

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SOMERVILLE, N.J. – A Branchburg man has been indicted by a Somerset County Grand Jury in the double murder of his grandparents earlier this year.

Ezra Simon-Daniels, 20, of Readington Road faces multiple charges in the murder of his grandparents, Louis and Beatrice Simon, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The indictment charges Simon-Daniels with two counts of first degree murder and one count of third degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

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 On Feb. 13, Readington Township Police received a 911 call around 6 a.m. from a distraught Simon-Daniels who reported that he was in the Walmart parking lot on Route 22 in Whitehouse.

Readington Township Police met with Simon-Daniels who was seated in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle. He was covered in blood but did not have any visible wounds on his body, according to the prosecutor.

Readington police contacted Branchburg police and requested that they assist them in conducting a welfare check at the defendant’s home. After knocking several times and getting no response officers entered the home where they discovered the couple, both apparent homicide victims with significant blunt force trauma to their heads.

Detectives from Branchburg and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office conducted the investigation. An investigator from the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office also assisted.

The investigation revealed that both victims were lying in bed when they were assaulted. The suspected murder weapon, an aluminum baseball bat, was located inside the house, Robinson said.

Post-mortem examinations of the victims were conducted by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm their identities and the cause and manner of death. The cause of death for both victims was blunt force trauma to the head and the manner of their death was homicide, according to Robertson.

Simon-Daniels remains in the Somerset County Jail with bail set at $2 million, cash only.

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