FREEHOLD – A Monmouth County Grand Jury has returned an indictment charging a mother and her son in two separate homicides that had remained unsolved for 25 years, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Last month, Dolores (Connors) Morgan, 66, and her son Ted Connors, 47, both of Del Ray Beach, Florida, were each charged with two separate counts of first degree Murder related to the deaths of Ana Mejia and Nicholas Connors. Nicholas Connors was the husband of Delores (Connors) Morgan, adoptive father of Ted Connors. Wednesday, a Monmouth County Grand Jury returned a multi-count indictment against the pair, charging them with both Murders.
If convicted of Murder, Delores Morgan and Ted Connors each faces a maximum sentence of Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
On December 8, 1994, Ana F. Mejia, 24, was discovered deceased and partially clothed inside a bedroom of the Prospect Street apartment she shared with her boyfriend and her two young children. Mejia was stabbed multiple times and had a white powdery substance rubbed on her face when she was found. Her children were found safe within the residence.
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Six months later, on May 14, 1995, Long Branch police officers were dispatched to the Van Dyke Place home of Nicholas Connors, 51. There, authorities found Nicholas Connors on a sofa, deceased after multiple gunshot wounds to the head.
An investigation into these killings was commenced by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Long Branch Police Department shortly after these homicides. Additional evidence recently uncovered by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Cold Case Unit and the Long Branch Police Department resulted in the arrest of both defendants.
Ted Connors and Morgan are both currently being detained pending trial in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.
The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle, Director of the Cold Case Unit, and Assistant Prosecutor Noah Heck.
Ted Connors is represented by Jonathan M. Perry, Esq. of New Brunswick. Dolores Morgan is represented by Jason A. Seldman, Esq. of Red Bank.
Despite these charges, 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.