PARSIPPANY, NJ - More details have been made available on the alleged stabbing/murder of a 35 year old man in Parsippany on Saturday, June 20, 2020.  A man has been arrested in connection with the death and an investigation is in progress in Parsippany-Troy Hills.

According to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller, there was an arrest of Edilson D. Trejo, 21, of Parsippany, New Jersey.

The Prosecutor's office has issued a news release that gives the following details:

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On June 20, 2020, law enforcement received information at approximately 5:50 a.m. regarding a homicide at a residence on Parsippany Road, Parsippany. Investigation confirmed that a deceased, 35-year-old male’s body was located inside the residence. The deceased male appeared to have multiple stab wounds to the neck and/or torso. The manner of death has been ruled a homicide. The identity of the deceased individual will not be released at this time. Further investigation revealed that Edilson D. Trejo, a resident of the apartment, had been engaged in a verbal altercation at the residence with the victim. During this altercation, it is alleged that Trejo used a knife to stab the victim multiple times in the neck and/or torso.

After the incident, it is alleged that Trejo took a shower, changed his clothes, and fled the apartment. He was apprehended by Parsippany-Troy Hills Police shortly after the initial report to law enforcement. It is further alleged that there were two (2) children under the age of 10 in the residence at the time of the incident. Trejo has been charged by complaint-warrant with second degree Manslaughter, third degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, third degree Hindering Own Apprehension, and two (2) counts of Endangering the Welfare of Children. Trejo was lodged in the Morris County Jail pending a first appearance in court. The investigation is being conducted by members of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit. 

According to the news release, the authorities ask that if anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department at 973-263-4300. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, this defendant is presumed innocent unless he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at mknab@co.morris.nj.us or by phone at 973-829-8159.