Murder trial of honor student, boyfriend in turmoil with new indictment

Defense attorneys for a couple accused of killing a 29-year-old Brick Township man lashed out on prosecutors in a Monmouth County courtroom on Wednesday, calling a new indictment filed just days before a trial “prosecutorial vindictiveness.”

Trupal Patel, who was found dead Feb. 22. (Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office)

Robert A. Honecker Jr., an attorney representing Raquel Garajau, who is accused of conspiring with her boyfriend, Joseph Villani, to kill Trupal Patel to rob him of marijuana and cash, accused prosecutors of attempting to “derail the trial” after months of pre-trial court hearings.

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Source: Monmouth

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