What to Know
- 86-year-old man charged with murder in shooting death of 71-year-old Florida man at NJ retirement community will remain jailed until trial
- Thomas Hatchett waived his right to a detention hearing during his initial court appearance Monday
- Hatchett also faces a weapons count stemming from the July 1 shooting at the Leisure Village West community in Manchester Township
An 86-year-old man charged with murder in the shooting death of a 71-year-old Florida man at a retirement community in New Jersey will remain jailed until his trial.
Thomas Hatchett waived his right to a detention hearing during his initial court appearance Monday.
Hatchett also faces a weapons count stemming from the July 1 shooting at the Leisure Village West community in Manchester Township.
According to prosecutors, Manchester Township police responded to a residence after receiving a 911 call about a man lying face down in the street.
Prosecutors say officers found the victim bleeding from his head and with gunshot wounds to his back. They also allegedly saw what appeared to be a bullet hole through the front door of the residence.
Subsequently, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Regional SWAT Team responded to assist, prosecutors say, adding that the SWAT Team made entry to the house and found it to be unoccupied.
An investigation revealed that the owner of the house was Hatchett, prosecutors say, adding that it was also revealed that Hatchett had another address in Verona, New Jersey. The Verona Police Department were contacted and Hatchett was found and apprehended, prosecutors say.