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21-year-old New Jersey man was arrested, charged with murder and aggravated arson in the fatal fire at his father's home, prosecutors said
Jaree D. Kitchen was taken into custody Wednesday, the same day the Jamesburg fire broke out
One of the deceased was identified as 53-year-old Clifford Kitchen, his relationship to the accused has not been revealed by authorities
A 21-year-old New Jersey man was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated arson in the fatal fire he allegedly caused at his father’s home earlier in the week, prosecutors announced Friday.
Jaree D. Kitchen was taken into custody Wednesday, the same day the Jamesburg fire broke out.
He has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, aggravated arson in the second degree, hindering his own prosecution in the third degree, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the third degree and destroying physical evidence in the fourth degree, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christie L. Bevacqua and Jamesburg Police Chief James J. Craparotta jointly announced.
The intense fire broke out at the two-story, wood-framed home on Sheridan Street around 3 a.m., Wednesday according to fire officials. Authorities quickly put out the fire but the damage to the home appeared extensive.
Two bodies were found a short time later inside the single-family home. One of the deceased was identified as 53-year-old Clifford Kitchen -- the young man's own father. The other deceased victim’s identity is pending positive identification.
The Middlesex County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office performed the autopsies and found that both victims sustained stab wounds. The manner of death for both victims was ruled as homicide.
Authorities urge anyone with information call the Jamesburg Police Department at 732-521-0011 or the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3848.
The accused is scheduled for a detention hearing on Nov. 13. Attorney information for him was not immediately available.