NJ murder suspect admits to touching victim’s body before reporting death
A Manchester man accused of killing his neighbor testified that he touched the body and took some of his things from inside his home to sell for drug money, NJ Advance Media has reported.
Alan Bienkowski testified in a Toms River courtroom on Wednesday he stopped at Anthony "Tony" Verdicchio's home on Mother's Day in 2013 after noticing a large plastic bag in the driveway according to NJ Advance Media. The 58-year-old man said he went inside the home and found a plastic bag covering Verdicchio's face and knew his neighbor was dead based upon the look on his face, the news site states.
Police said Verdicchio was found dead in his home at Pine Acres Manor Mobile Home Park. Police found Verdicchio in his home unconscious and not breathing and an autopsy showed he died from blunt force trauma to the head and face. It was ruled a homicide, according to the article.
Bienkowski said he covered the body with a blanket and fill two trash bags with coins and other collectible items to buy heroin instead of calling police. "I knew it wasn't right. But I did it," Bienkowski said from the witness stand. He admitted under cross examination that he had previously testified that he have never been inside the home, N Advance media reported.