⬛ NJ man charged with murder after fatal stabbing at hotel

⬛ The man stabbed to death was a 36-year-old Mount Laurel resident

⬛ Police say attacker then ran to a BMW dealership and stole an SUV

MOUNT LAUREL — A 29-year-old man has been accused of stabbing another man to death at a hotel along Route 73.

Taylor Perkins, of Riverton, was charged with first-degree murder and weapons offenses, stemming from the killing of 36-year-old Michael Jefferies, of Mount Laurel, Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia Bradshaw announced.

Thursday just before 10 a.m., Mount Laurel police responded to the Rodeway Inn for a report of two men fighting.

Officers found Jefferies unresponsive, laying on the ground outside of a second-floor room near a stairwell, Bradshaw said.

MT LAUREL stabbing (Google Maps, Canva)
(Google Maps, Canva)

⬛ Police: Accused NJ killer flees in stolen SUV, trades for another stolen truck

Investigators said after the stabbing, Perkins ran to a nearby BMW dealership also along Route 73 and drove off in a sport utility vehicle.

He abandoned that SUV in Evesham, where police said he stole a truck from an Xfinity worker who was up on a ladder.

Perkins was eventually tracked down and arrested in Camden at a residence on Decatur Street.

Rodeway Inn, Mount Laurel (Google Maps)
(Google Maps)

An autopsy by the Burlington County Medical Examiner found that Jefferies died from multiple stab wounds.

A potential motive remained under investigation as of Friday, police said.

Perkins was taken to the Burlington County jail, pending a detention hearing in Burlington County Superior Court.

Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at erin.vogt@townsquaremedia.com

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