Tuesday, June 22, 2010

George Calleia's murder conviction overturned by N.J. appellate panel

For lack of anything better to write, I simply offer a "Wow".

Some of my long time readers might recall the story of my pal George Calleia. Today's APP news offers the headline, the story is at:

An appeals court today overturned the murder conviction of a wealthy Holmdel businessman who was found guilty of killing his wife in 2005.

The court also ruled that expert testimony about DNA evidence was properly admitted in the 2008 trial of George Calleia, whose 43-year-old wife, Susan, was found dead inside her sport utility vehicle in a remote area of PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.

The court issued the ruling about the DNA evidence because it said testimony about biological material found under the victim's fingernails would likely be used at a re-trial.

The state appellate division based its ruling to overturn the conviction on hearsay statements about the victim's intention to divorce her husband. The court said those statements were improperly admitted and incorrectly characterized as "state of mind evidence."

Calleia, 48, of Tranquility Court, Holmdel was sentenced to 50 years in prison after he was convicted of murder, tampering with evidence, and hindering apprehension.

Prosecutors said the software salesman killed his wife, a stay-at-home mother, because he did not want to split his assets in a divorce.

She had been beaten and strangled, and on Oct. 22, 2005, her partially-clad body was found under a pink yoga mat in the cargo compartment of her Lexus, according to authorities and court documents.

In 2008, defense attorney Edward C. Bertucio Jr. said his client was a model provider and a model parent and maintained his innocence.

As usual, the typical trolls on the APP site have their silly comments on an issue they know nothing about. Hopefully George can have a fair and speedy re-trial and/or at least be a free man while he waits for a new trial, where I can only hope that the truth sets him free, or otherwise that the legal system treats him fairly and he is punished accordingly as well.

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