Law & Justice

Defendant in Carolyn Stone's 2009 Murder Indicted on Perjury Charges

35478349a6c03879202f_Prosecutor_s_Office.jpg
35478349a6c03879202f_Prosecutor_s_Office.jpg

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A man who is already in jail in connection with the murder of Carolyn Stone in the Bradley Gardens section of Bridgewater in 2009 was indicted Friday on charges of perjury and false swearing.

According to Somerset County Acting Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, the indictment came from a grand jury against Gary Wilson, 33, concerning perjured testimony given at the trial of co-defendant David Granskie Jr. in September 2014.

Wilson is currently lodged in New Jersey State Prison.

Sign Up for E-News

Wilson is now being charged with three counts of perjury and two counts of false swearing.

According to Robertson, during Granskie's trial on charges of murder, aggravated sexual assault and conspiracy to commit both murder and sexual assault of Stone, Wilson was called as a witness for the defense. When under oath, Robertson said, Wilson testified that he saw Granskie go into the house and that he was not present for the murder and sexual assault that took place in the backyard.

In addition, Robertson said, Wilson said he had not observed co-defendant Rocky DiTaranto engage in sexual intercourse with the victim or choke her during sexual intercourse.

According to Robertson, these statement allegedly materially affected the outcome of the trial, in that they may have led the jury to reach a decision it might not have otherwise reached.

At the end of the trial, Robertson said, Granskie was acquitted of the murder counts that would have led to a sentence of life in prison without parole. He was also acquitted of knowing murder and aggravated manslaughter.

In addition, Robertson said, the jury could not reach a decision concerning the counts of felony murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit sexual assault and reckless manslaughter.

The statements Wilson had made at trial, Robertson said, were counter to what he had previously said under oath and also contradicted statements made by Granskie later in his own guilty plea.

According to Robertson, during Wilson's guilty plea in July 2011, he said he had observed DiTaranto engaging in sexual intercourse with Stone in the backyard of the house and choking her while doing so. Wilson did not mention Granskie then, but Granskie pled guilty in November 2015, and acknowledged he had not gone inside the home, but had assisted in carrying the victim to the backyard where Wilson and DiTaranto planned to sexually assault her.

In addition, Robertson said, Granskie said that Wilson's statements at trial about his lack of involvement were not true.

Wilson was sentenced to 45 years in New Jersey State Prison, 85 percent to be served without parole, in July 2013 for the murder of Stone.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Warren

Found: Green Brook and Warren, Do You Know this Dog?

April 18, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Do you know me? I'm a young, male German Shepherd who appears to be around a year old. Found near Warrenville Road near the Green Brook, Bound Brook border and now at Somerset Regional Animal Shelter. Call  908-725-0308.

Lisbona All Sports Camp Welcomes Beginners

April 19, 2018

Parents, summer is quickly approaching and it’s time to sign up for Lisbona All Sports Camps.

The camp runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., beginning June 25, at Millington School. Those who need longer hours can register your child for the Long Hill K-8 Summer Rec Camp that begins at 8:30 a.m. at Millington School.  When recreation camp ends your child will be escorted to the ...

Tip Your Hat To Spring! To benefit Team Velvet

FLEMINGTON, N.J. — Come meet the therapy horses at Team Velvet, a 501-(c)-3 organization that provides pediatric non-mounted horse therapy for children with adjustment and trauma. “Tip Your Hat To Spring” on Sunday, May 6 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. will benefit the program.

A fun afternoon is planned with activities for children such as making a hat for Mother's Day, ...

Obituaries

Jul 28, 1955 - Feb 8, 2018
Owner/Chef of Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes  Beloved Husband, Father, Brother and ...
Read more

Down the Shore: Registration Now Open for NJ State Police Basic Boating Safety Course at the St. Francis Community Center May 1 and 3

April 18, 2018

BRANT BEACH, NJ - Are you ready for sun and warmth?  Spring and summer fun is not that far away even though the weather has been so cold recently.

The St. Francis Community Center is offering a Basic Boating Safety Course in May.  Registration is open for the course that is being held on Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at the St. Francis Community Center, 4700 ...

Travels Update - Long Beach Island Summer Shuttle No Longer A Free Ride

BRANT BEACH - The Long Beach Island Shuttle, an extremely popular service for visitors and residents of Long Beach Island, will have a fee for the first time beginning Memorial Day weekend. 

The Long Beach Township Board of Commissioners made the announcement at their meeting on Monday, April 9. 

Here is the overview on the fees:

One-way shuttle rides from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Baby Seal Waddles Its Way onto Belmar Beach

BELMAR, NJ — A baby seal waddled its way onto the Fifth Avenue beach earlier today to enjoy one of the warmest days of spring so far.

Around noon on April 12, photographer Nancy Orlowski took these snapshots, which have also been posted on the Belmar Facebook page where it states that the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey has been notified.

This is the second known instance ...

Bateman Bill, “ Bijou’s Law”, to Require Training, Licensing for Pet Groomers

April 12, 2018

 

TRENTON, NJ - State Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-16) will introduce legislation to increase protections for family pets by requiring pet groomers to be properly trained and licensed following the deaths of three dogs in five months at different New Jersey pet salons. .

“It is sadly far too common for us to read of dog grooming deaths in the news,” said ...

Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill is a huge blow to the middle-class

April 17, 2018

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices.  A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” A-2039/S-485 looks poised to make ...

WHRHS Baseball: Watchung Hills Tops Morristown, 6-3

April 11, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Senior Joe Blajsa picked up his first win of the season and Kevin Badger went 4-for-4 with a run scored, a stolen base and one RBI to lead Watchung Hills over Morristown on Wednesday, 6-3.

Blajsa pitched six and 2/3 innings allowing only six hits, striking out five and walking one. Junior Ben Ant came in for the strikeout save to pick up his ...

Loaded Gun and Drug Paraphernalia Found in Warren Traffic Stop, Prosecutor Says

April 19, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ –  Two men were charged with possession a handgun, hollow bullets and drug paraphernalia after a motor vehicle stop in Warren Township on Saturday,Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane announced on Thursday. 

Martin Harris, age 33, and David ...

Somerville HS Students Design Commemorative Coin for Police Unity Tour

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Three proud Somerville High School seniors have something tangible to show for their participation in a competitive project in Linda Conklin’s communications design class.

Emily Hickson, Gillian Belkin and Junior Ramirez combined their artistic talents to design a limited edition commemorative Challenge Coin that combines a variety of elements reflective ...

Nightmare Commute for Raritan Valley Line Commuters Monday

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Raritan Valley Line commuters spent more than three hours trying to make their way home from New York City on Monday following the breakdown of a train near Union Station during rush hour.

At 9:47 p.m., NJT tweeted:

Raritan Valley Line westbound train service is operating on or close to schedule following an earlier disabled NJ Transit train near Union ...

Youth Leadership Somerset Accepts Applications for 2018-19 Program

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Youth Leadership Somerset, a leadership development program for Somerset County youth entering grades 9-12, is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program year, which runs September through May. Classes are held one Saturday per month for approximately four to six hours. The application deadline is Monday, May 16. 

“Somerset County is ...

Down the Shore: Registration Now Open for NJ State Police Basic Boating Safety Course at the St. Francis Community Center May 1 and 3

April 18, 2018

BRANT BEACH, NJ - Are you ready for sun and warmth?  Spring and summer fun is not that far away even though the weather has been so cold recently.

The St. Francis Community Center is offering a Basic Boating Safety Course in May.  Registration is open for the course that is being held on Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at the St. Francis Community Center, 4700 ...

TAPintoTravels Area Teens Invited to the First Meeting of Aviation Explorer Post 523

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Exploring helps young people make more informed decisions about future careers and learn about different jobs within a particular field. 

In that vein, Aviation Explorer Post 523 will hold its first meeting for young men and women, ages 14-20, on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m., at DM Airports, 8 Airport Road in Morristown. Future meetings will ...

Nightmare Commute for Raritan Valley Line Commuters Monday

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Raritan Valley Line commuters spent more than three hours trying to make their way home from New York City on Monday following the breakdown of a train near Union Station during rush hour.

At 9:47 p.m., NJT tweeted:

Raritan Valley Line westbound train service is operating on or close to schedule following an earlier disabled NJ Transit train near Union ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...