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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mt. Olive Woman Charged with Murder and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose


Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Mount Olive Police Chief Mark Spitzer  announce that Virginia Vertetis, 51 years old, of Mount Olive, New Jersey has been charged with the crimes of Murder, a crime of the first degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1) & (2) and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the second degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4a.  The victim has been identified as Patrick Gilhuley, 51 years old, of Staten Island, New York.

The Honorable Stuart A. Minkowitz, P.J.Cr. set bail at $700,000 full cash, bond or property.  The defendant will be remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

On March 3, 2014, at approximately 9:59 p.m., the Mount Olive Police Department received a 911 call related to an incident at 2 Apollo Way in the Flanders section of Mount Olive, New Jersey.  Patrol units from the Mount Olive Police Department responded to the location, where the body of Patrick Gilhuley was found.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. A joint investigation into the incident immediately commenced.  The investigation was conducted by members of the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, the Mount Olive Police Department, the Criminal Investigation Section of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Virginia Vertetis was apprehended and charged by way of the above warrant-complaints with crimes related to the murder of the victim on March 3, 2014. 

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 or the Mount Olive Police Department at 973-691-0850.

Acting Prosecutor Fredric Knapp would like to thank the Mount Olive Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section and the members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit whose efforts contributed to this arrest.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.

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