A grand jury today indicted Patrick Allen, of the Lincroft section of Middletown, on charges stemming from the murder of his wife, Kimberly Allen, last year.
Allen, 45, has been charged with first-degree murder, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, third-degree hindering apprehension of oneself, and fourth-degree tampering with physical evidence, Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said.
The indictment alleges that on Nov. 18, 2011 at about 11:45 a.m., Middletown police were called to the Allen home on West Front Street in Lincroft. There they found the victim, Kimberly Allen, 44, dead on the kitchen floor. Patrick Allen was on the scene, a release from the prosecutor's office said.
An investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Middletown Township Police Department revealed that Allen and his wife had been involved in an argument over finances and an ensuing struggle that led to Allen striking his wife over the head with a frying pan.
The Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the cause of death was homicidal violence, including asphyxia and blunt impact injuries to the head.
As a result of the investigation, Allen was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife on that same day, on Nov.18.
Bail was set at $1 million by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci, Jr., J.S.C.
Allen remains at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute in lieu of bail.
If convicted of murder, Allen faces a maximum sentence of life in New Jersey State Prison, which would be subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act” (“NERA”). “NERA” requires that a defendant serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole.
If convicted of possession of a weapon — the frying pan — for an unlawful purpose and hindering the apprehension of oneself, himself, by allegedly suppressing, "by way of concealment or destruction," evidence, Allen faces up to five years in prison on each of those charges as well.
If convicted of tampering with physical evidence, Allen faces up to 18 months in prison. The tampering charge alleges that Allen destroyed evidence by concealing or removing clothing.
Every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and state law.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutors Maria Franceschini and Mary Juliano. The defendant is represented by John C. Allen, Esq., of New Brunswick.