TOMS RIVER - A Colts Neck man who claimed self-defense after being accused of brutally beating his longtime friend was found guilty of murder on Wednesday, April 3. 

The Ocean County jury deliberated for five hours before bringing their decision that found Conrad Sipa, 56, of Colts Neck, guilty of murder.  He beat his friend repeatedly with a heavy ceramic lamp and then cut his throat with a two-pronged, serrated knife at the Long Beach Island summer home of Richard Doody, age 60 in November 2015.

Sipa was arrested and released in 2016 on $1,000,000 bail. Sipa was formally indicted by an Ocean County Grand Jury in February 2017. 

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Mr. Doody’s body was found at his home in Barnegat Light by Long Beach Township Police Officers on Monday, November 23, 2015, after a concerned family member was unable to make contact with Mr. Doody.

An autopsy conducted by Dr. Ian Hood on November 24, 2015, determined that Mr. Doody suffered blunt force trauma to his head and slash wounds to his neck. Dr. Hood ruled that Mr. Doody was the victim of a homicide.

He was found guilty of purposeful murder by causing the death of Richard Doody, Jr., sometime between November 21, 2015, and November 23, 2015.

Sipa also took steps to clean up the scene of the crime and to remove items of evidence from the scene in order to avoid apprehension.

The investigation in this case was conducted by Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and White Collar Crimes Units, the Long Beach Township Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigations Unit.

The lead detectives were Detective John Murphy from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Sergeant Ron Hullings of the Long Beach Township Police Department. The victim’s residence was meticulously examined and processed by members of the Crime Scene Investigations Unit of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

Sipa's sentencing is scheduled for June 14 at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Gazinski.