Ocean County Man Charged After Killing His Own Father

Justin Donaldson, 36, of Lacey Township, was charged with murder today in connection with the death of his father, David Donaldson, 67, also of Lacey Township.

On September 7, 2022, at approximately 4:35 p.m., Officers from the Lacey Township Police Department were summoned to a residence on Weehawken Avenue by a concerned family member who was attempting to perform a welfare check on his father, David Donaldson, and his brother, Justin Donaldson.

Justin Donaldson would not let the family member in the residence. The concerned family member called 911 and the Lacey Township Police responded. Lacey Township Police Officers subsequently made entry into the residence, where they discovered the body of a deceased male – identified as David Donaldson – with apparent trauma to his face.

An investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Lacey Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit determined that Justin Donaldson was the individual responsible for his father’s death. Justin Donaldson was taken into custody at the scene without incident. He was transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he is presently lodged pending a detention hearing.

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