SOMERVILLE, NJ – A mother, father and their son have been indicted by a Somerset County Grand Jury in the shooting death of an Old Bridge man at their Bound Brook home on Jan. 9, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Ryan D. Keogh, 28, has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder; second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose; third-degree hindering apprehension or prosecution; third-degree endangering an injured victim; five counts of fourth-degree false swearing; fourth-segree tampering with physical evidence; and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a large capacity ammunition magazine.
His father, David Keogh, 58 jas been indicted on charges of fourth-degree hindering apprehension of another; third-degree endangering an injured victim; and two counts of fourth-degree false swearing.
The mother, Cindy Keogh, 61 was indicted on charges of fourth-degree hindering apprehension of another;third-degree endangering an injured victim; and four counts of fourth-degree false swearing.
Ryan D. Keogh is lodged in the Somerset County Jail and has been there since February 2 by an Order of Pretrial Detention entered by Superior Court Judge Kathy C. Qasim. David and Cindy Keogh were charged on complaints served on February 14 and were released on their own recognizance.
Robertson provided the following account of the incident:
Middlesex Borough police received a 911 at 7:36 p.m., Jan. 9, reporting shots fired and a gunshot wound victim at a residence on Farm Lane in Bound Brook; Middlesex police relayed the call to Bound Brook police who responded to the residence.
They found the victim of the shooting, Terrence C. Coulanges of Old Bridge suffering from gunshot wounds. Lifesaving measures were initiated and the victim was transported to an area trauma center where he was pronounced dead.
Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Crimes Scene Investigations Unit responded with Bound Brook detectives to conduct the investigation. Investigators interviewed numerous neighbors who reported hearing what they believed to be gunshots between 5:30 and 6 p.m., more than 90 minutes before the 911 call was received.
A preliminary finding by the Medical Examiner’s Office listed Coulanges’ cause of death as gunshot wounds and the manner of death as homicide.
Initial statements made to investigators by the three suspects were inconsistent with the preliminary findings of the investigation, Robertson said.
Detectives determined that the three suspects left the residence on Farm Lane for a period of time after Coulanges was shot and before Cindy Keogh placed the 911 call at 7:36 p.m.
The matter was presented to the Grand Jury by Assistant Prosecutor Frank Kolodzieski.
Robertson asks that anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at 908-231-7100 or via the STOPit app. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office is utilizing the STOPit app as a platform to allow concerned citizens to provide information about crimes occurring in Somerset County.
This app is completely anonymous and users are able to “chat” in real time with law enforcement, as well as send images and videos about crime. The app also has a Get Help section that provides phone numbers and links to important resources available in Somerset County.
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Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.