NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Anthony Cole, the man arrested and convicted in the brutal Labor Day slashing of a South Plainfield Department of Public Works employee back in 2009, has had his conviction overturned and will be granted a new trial.

A state appellate court granted the new trial due to the full inclusion of Cole’s video statement.

Cole had been charged and convicted of the brutal slashing which took place just after the Labor Day fireworks had ended in Spring Lake Park in South Plainfield. The victim suffered life-threatening wounds and was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Police found a pair of gloves on the ground in the area of the slashing. Test results later identified DNA on the gloves from both the victim and Cole, who was arrested and charged with attempted murder. He was convicted in 2011, and was serving a 27-year sentence until yesterday’s appellate court decision.