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Arrest Made in Death of Maplewood Man; Son Charged with Murder

Alexander Taylor Reason Credits: Essex County Prosecutor's Office
The victim was found dead in his Broadview Ave. home in Maplewood, according to authorities. Credits: Fred Smith

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Authorities have made an arrest in connection with the death of Wesley Reason, age 53, inside his Maplewood home early Wednesday morning, June 7, announced Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Maplewood Police Chief Robert Cimino.

The victim’s son, Alexander Taylor Reason, age 19, has been charged with murder and weapons charges, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly of the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit. The younger Reason has been lodged in the Essex County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing, stated Fennelly.

Maplewood police officers were dispatched to the Reason’s residence at about 2:30 a.m., on a report of an assault. The victim, who was suffering from apparent blunt force injuries, was found unresponsive, and pronounced dead at 3:08 a.m., according to Fennelly. Both the victim and the suspect lived in the residence, along with other family members, according to authorities.

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An investigation conducted by detectives from the Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Task Force and Maplewood detectives led to charges being filed against the suspect. The investigation is continuing at this time. The exact cause of death will be determined by an autopsy conducted by at the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, according to Fennelly.

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