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    Judge: Stern suspect will stay locked up until trial

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    FREEHOLD - Preston Taylor, the 19-year-old Neptune man charged with helping his friend throw his murdered prom date off the Belmar bridge in December, confessed to his role and told authorities that Liam McAtasney had planned Sarah Stern's execution at least six months earlier and called him just as he was about to carry it out, an assistant prosecutor said.

    Meghan Doyle, assistant Monmouth County prosecutor, made the representation to Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman at a hearing in which the judge ordered Taylor to remain in jail until trial on charges that he helped McAtasney to conceal 19-year-old Sarah Stern's body following her murder in December.

    Bauman issued the ruling after Taylor's father, Jeremiah, testified that he and his wife removed their son's clothing from the apartment he shared with McAtasney and took it to his family's home to launder it.

    Jeremiah Taylor also testified that he found evidence at the apartment that his son smoked marijuana, but he did not bring that information to police.

    Bauman said that testimony gave him concern whether Jeremiah Taylor could assure that his son would not attempt to obstruct justice if the son was released to his custody.

    "It does raise the new concern, particularly removing everything, washing everything,'' Bauman said. "It just was a very interesting choice of words, and it gives the court pause.''

    Bauman said those circumstances, particularly in light of the fact that Preston Taylor is charged with concealing evidence, provided him with sufficient reason to override a presumption in the law that the defendant is entitled to be released pending trial.

    After the hearing, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni would not comment on whether the washing of Preston Taylor's close may have destroyed evidence, or whether his parents could be charged with a crime.

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    Prosecutors: Liam McAtasney watched Neptune City teen Sarah Stern die for 30 minutes

    Updated February 14, 2017 4:48 PM

    FREEHOLD - The friend accused of killing 19-year-old Neptune City resident Sarah Stern strangled the teen and watched her die for 30 minutes, according to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle.

    The new details emerged during Liam McAtasney’s bail hearing Tuesday. Doyle says that authorities have a secretly recorded video of McAtasney confessing to the crime given to them by a witness known only as A.C.

    "In that consensual recording, the defendant admitted to murdering Sarah Stern with his own hands and choking her. He even as so much as demonstrated how he lifted her up off the ground then left her on the floor and watched her die," Doyle said in court. "He knew exactly how long that was because he chose to time that."

    The strangling allegedly happened inside Stern’s home in early December after McAtasney apparently robbed thousands of dollars from the home. He then allegedly called another friend of Stern’s, Preston Taylor, to help him dispose of Stern’s body.

    McAtasney’s attorney says that the secretly recorded videotape is questionable evidence.

    "It's unusual in the sense that both boys, Preston and my client, seem to be talking like they're going out to lunch or something, like some story they made up," says attorney Charles Moriarty.

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    Stern murder case: Judge orders Taylor to stay in jail

    Feb. 16, 2017 | Updated 2 hours ago

    FREEHOLD - The Neptune man accused of helping to throw 19-year-old Sarah Stern's body off of the Belmar bridge lost a second bid to be released from jail pending trial.

    Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman this morning rejected an argument by Preston Taylor's attorney to reopen an earlier detention hearing in which he declined to release 19-year-old Taylor from jail.

    If Bauman had reopened the hearing, defense attorney John Perrone was prepared to ask the judge to reconsider his Feb. 7 decision to keep Taylor, Stern's junior prom date, in the Monmouth County Jail until his trial.

    Taylor is charged with concealing Stern's remains, conspiring with his onetime roommate to conceal her body, and obstructing justice.

    "There is simply no basis in the statute or the court rules to reopen this detention hearing,'' Bauman said.

    Perrone said he intends to file an appeal with the Appellate Division of Superior Court.

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    Wednesday, March 08, 2017

    The father of the New Jersey teen who went missing last December and whose two [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] has spoken out, lamenting the loss of a daughter he described as an artistic talent who was just scratching the surface of her potential.

    Speaking to [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] about his heartbreak following his 19-year-old daughter Sarah Stern’s alleged strangulation death, Michael Stern said he had a hard time believing he’d never see his daughter again.

    "It was kind of a shock, to say the very least," Stern told the Times, explaining he knew something bad had happened to Sarah because she would not have "left without telling anybody."

    Sarah Stern was last seen on Dec. 2, 2016, leaving her home in Neptune City, New Jersey. Since then, two of her closest friends —
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    Sarah, her father said, was a budding artist who enjoyed attending comic book conventions and befriending social media luminaries.

    "She just had a fantastic art teacher in high school, and her talent just blossomed over the last two or three years," [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. "I would say, had her career continued, she would have become one of the top artists in the world."

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    Prosecutors: No plea deals for 2 accused in murder of missing Neptune City teen Sarah Stern

    March 16, 2017 7:07 PM

    FREEHOLD - Monmouth County prosecutors say they will not allow any plea deals for the two teens accused in the murder of their missing former friend.

    Liam McAtasney, 19, and Preston Taylor, 19, are accused in the murder of missing 19-year-old Neptune City resident Sarah Stern.

    Both appeared before a Monmouth County judge Thursday in two separate pre-indictment hearings.

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    The case is now scheduled to go in front of a grand jury on April 3.

    Plea deals could still be offered once the case moves past the grand jury stage.

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    What's next in the Sarah Stern murder case?

    March 16, 2017

    FREEHOLD - Prosecutors said Thursday they don't expect to offer any plea bargains to the two men accused in Sarah Stern's death before they present the case to a grand jury early next month.

    Liam McAtasney and Preston Taylor appeared separately in court Thursday for a pre-indictment conferences, at which Christopher Decker and Meghan Doyle, assistant Monmouth County prosecutors, told Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman they expect to present their case to a grand jury for an indictment on April 3.

    Both McAtasney and Taylor sported new coiffed crew cuts at their court conferences. Taylor also has grown a full beard since he has been in jail.

    Taylor's parents sat quietly in the back row of the courtroom.

    "No offers have been extended at this point,'' Decker told the judge, regarding any plea bargains for McAtasney, 19, of Neptune City. "I don't think it's ripe for a pre-indictment offer.''

    Doyle echoed the same sentiment when Taylor, 19, of Neptune, appeared before Bauman.

    "At this point, it is not ripe for a pre-grand jury resolution,'' she said.

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    Teen charged in death of Sarah Stern not getting released, appellate court says

    April 19, 2017 at 5:36 PM
     
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    A state appellate court on Tuesday refused to reverse a Superior Court judge's [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] rather than let him move home with his parents.

    Taylor, 19, of Neptune City, is accused of helping to dump Stern's body off the Route 35 bridge in Belmar early Dec. 3 after his friend Liam McAtasney allegedly strangled her and stole $7,000 from her.

    After Taylor's Feb. 2 arrest, his attorney sought to have him released from jail while his case is pending.

    Prosecutors, however, argued Taylor should remain incarcerated because he tried to obstruct the investigation first by initially telling detectives he didn't know anything about Stern's disappearance and then by participating with McAtasney in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to cast suspicion away from them.

    His attorney, John Perrone, had argued that wasn't enough under the state's new bail system to keep Taylor from being released.

    Perrone on Feb. 16 asked Superior Court Judge David Bauman to reopen Taylor's detention hearing but Bauman refused, saying the lawyer didn't present any new information that would warrant a new hearing.

    Perrone appealed and the panel delivered its decision on Tuesday, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

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    One Defendant Pleads Guilty, to Testify Against Alleged Killer in Sarah Stern Case

    Preston Taylor will testify against Liam McAtasney, whom prosecutors allege killed Sarah Stern after robbing her

    4/24/2017

    One of two defendants has pleaded guilty in the death of Sarah Stern, a 19-year-old New Jersey student who was allegedly robbed, killed and then dumped over a bridge last year, prosecutors said Monday.

    Preston Taylor entered a plea to seven counts, including robbery and tampering with physical evidence. He also agreed to testify again his codefendant Liam McAtasney, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said on Twitter.

    grand jury has now indicted McAtasney on seven counts, including first-degree murder, the prosecutor's office said Monday afternoon. He faces life without parole if convicted.

    Stern's body has not been found. According to prosecutors, McAtasney strangled the young woman in the course of committing a robbery at her Neptune City home Dec. 2.

    Taylor allegedly helped McAtasney get Stern's body out of the house and throw her over the Route 35 Bridge in Belmar.

    Taylor faces up to 20 years in prison, prosecutors said.


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    Grand jury indicts Liam McAtasney in murder of missing Neptune City teen Sarah Stern

    April 24, 2017 4:11 PM

    FREEHOLD - A Monmouth County grand jury indicted a Neptune City teen in the murder of his former high school friend.

    Liam McAtasney is accused of killing his high school classmate Sarah Stern in December 2016.

    McAtasney was indicted Monday on several charges, including first-degree murder, robbery and disturbing human remains.

    McAtasney’s roommate and alleged accomplice, Preston Taylor, accepted a plea deal Monday for his role in the crime.

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    Taylor has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of the plea agreement. He is expected to be sentenced July 21.

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    Grand jury indicts Liam McAtasney in murder of missing Neptune City teen Sarah Stern

    April 24, 2017 4:11 PM

    FREEHOLD - A Monmouth County grand jury indicted a Neptune City teen in the murder of his former high school friend.

    Liam McAtasney is accused of killing his high school classmate Sarah Stern in December 2016.

    McAtasney was indicted Monday on several charges, including first-degree murder, robbery and disturbing human remains.

    McAtasney’s roommate and alleged accomplice, Preston Taylor, accepted a plea deal Monday for his role in the crime.

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    Taylor has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of the plea agreement. He is expected to be sentenced July 21.

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    I wonder why they felt they needed to offer Taylor a plea bargain? 20 years doesn't seem adequate to me. He would be 39/40 when he gets out. Plenty of life left.

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    Shark River Bridge to Remain Focus of Search for Remains of Sarah Stern

    April 26, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    FREEHOLD, NJ — Investigators will continue to search the waters below the Route 35 bridge in Belmar, where it is believed Sarah Stern’s body was discarded after she was allegedly killed as part of a robbery plot by two longtime friends.

    Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni made that announcement on Monday, shortly after the indictment of Liam McAtasney for the murder of the 19-year-old Neptune City woman and the guilty plea entered by Preston Taylor for his role in Stern’s death.

    "Efforts to recover Sarah’s remains will continue," he said, confirming that last Friday’s police activity at the bridge was part of the search for Stern, whose car was found abandoned early on December 3 atop the bridge — a day after she was last seen alive.

    Gramiccioni said he is determined to find closure for Michael Stern, Sarah’s father, who was in court on Monday. During that proceeding,Taylor confessed to helping McAtasney hide and then throw Stern’s body from the bridge into the Shark River after McAtasney is alleged to have strangled and robbed her in her home.

    "We are not going to give up the search," Gramiccioni said. "One of the most important things we can do is give some closure to Mr. Stern and those who loved her by recovering Sarah’s remains."

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    McAtasney, who through his attorney maintains his innocence in Stern’s death, was indicted by a grand jury for murder and six other charges — just hours after Taylor, his longtime friend, pleaded guilty to six charges and agreed to testify against the accused killer.

    McAtasney, 19, of Neptune City was charged with murder, robbery, felony murder, conspiracy, disturbing or desecrating human remains, hindering apprehension and tampering with physical evidence. He is facing life without the possibility of parole. His trial is not expected until the end of the year.

    As part of his plea arrangement, Taylor, 19, of Neptune City will testify against McAtasney who he said killed Stern as part of a plan to steal some $10,000 from her on December 2. As part of that plan, Taylor said he always knew that he would get $3,000 of Stern’s money when she was robbed. The pair split up Stern’s money, which was transferred from one safe to another. Stern’s original safe would be found buried in Shark River Park, Neptune, while the second safe was buried at Sandy Hook.

    Taylor also testified that Stern’s body was discarded from the Shark River bridge, which is located just minutes from her home, to make it appear that Stern committed suicide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon View Post


    I wonder why they felt they needed to offer Taylor a plea bargain? 20 years doesn't seem adequate to me. He would be 39/40 when he gets out. Plenty of life left.
    IMO, they needed his testimony in order to nail McAtasney, he's still maintaining his innocence. From what I read, without the plea agreement Preston Taylor was looking at 51 years in prison, which would make 70, when he finally got out. Also, I believe Sarah's family agreed to plea deal in order to find out the exact location where Sarah's body could be found.
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    Teen pleads not guilty to strangling, robbing Sarah Stern

    May 15, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] -- Liam McAtasney, implicated by his housemate in the killing of Sarah Stern, pleaded not guilty Monday to strangling her and throwing her body off a bridge to steal her life savings.

    McAtasney, 19, made his court appearance on Monday, three weeks after a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] on seven charges in connection with Stern's Dec. 2 death.

    In the two-minute court proceeding, Superior Court Judge Richard English set July 10 as the first pre-trial conference date for McAtasney, by which time he would have to decide whether to plead guilty.

    Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Meghan Doyle said the state would want him to plead guilty to all charges --which includes murder -- and prosecutors would recommend a sentence of life without parole.

    After court, McAtasney's attorney, Charles Moriarty, said he doubts there will be a guilty plea because his his client maintains his innocence.

    "I don't think there's anything that can be worked out in this case because he still denies that he did anything wrong," Moriarty said..

    "So, it's a long haul."

    The indictment charges McAtasney with murder, felony murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, hindering the apprehension of himself, tampering with evidence and disturbing or desecrating human remains.

    The panel also found an aggravating factor that increases the penalty for murder from between 30 years and life in prison to life in prison without parole.

    The charges were brought by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office partially on the account McAtasney's housemate and childhood friend, Preston Taylor, gave investigators in February and again on April 24 when Taylor, also 19, pleaded guilty to helping McAtasney toss Stern's body off the Route 35 bridge in Belmar.

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    Sarah Stern killing: Defendant asks for new venue

    Updated 12:12 p.m. ET July 10, 2017

    FREEHOLD - The man accused of murdering and robbing a Neptune teen has asked that his trial be moved to a new venue and that a crucial piece of evidence be stricken from the record.

    Liam McAtasney's attorney, Charles Moriarty, has filed motions to change the venue where McAtasney will be tried and to strike a recording of a conversation between McAtasney and a friend in which, prosecutors say, McAtasney described how he killed 19-year-old Sarah Stern.

    Prosecutors say McAtasney, also 19, killed Stern, a former classmate at Neptune High School, while robbing her of $10,000.

    According to the charges against him he then enlisted his then-roommate - and Stern's onetime prom date - Preston Taylor to dispose of her body. Taylor was also 19 when Stern disappeared in December 2016.

    McAtasney is facing charges of murder, felony murder, robbery, desecrating and conspiring to desecrate human remains, tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension. According to the indictment against him he killed Stern in the course of committing a robbery, an aggravating factor that may expose him to a life sentence without parole.

    Taylor, now 20, pleaded guilty in April to his part in the robbery and cover-up, specifically helping to dispose of Stern's body. As part of his plea arrangement he must cooperate with prosecutors as they try McAtasney.

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    On Monday Moriarty said he wanted a new venue on account of the publicity the case has generated, specifically negative comment spirals on the internet. He also said his client continues to maintain his innocence.

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    I hope the judge disallows both motions. Just more ridiculous games to try to score a technicality in court. SMH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aubrey View Post
    Teen charged in death of Sarah Stern not getting released, appellate court says

    April 19, 2017 at 5:36 PM
     
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] -- One of two friends [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] lost a bid to get out of jail while prosecutors prepare their case against him.

    A state appellate court on Tuesday refused to reverse a Superior Court judge's [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] rather than let him move home with his parents.

    Taylor, 19, of Neptune City, is accused of helping to dump Stern's body off the Route 35 bridge in Belmar early Dec. 3 after his friend Liam McAtasney allegedly strangled her and stole $7,000 from her.

    After Taylor's Feb. 2 arrest, his attorney sought to have him released from jail while his case is pending.

    Prosecutors, however, argued Taylor should remain incarcerated because he tried to obstruct the investigation first by initially telling detectives he didn't know anything about Stern's disappearance and then by participating with McAtasney in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to cast suspicion away from them.

    His attorney, John Perrone, had argued that wasn't enough under the state's new bail system to keep Taylor from being released.

    Perrone on Feb. 16 asked Superior Court Judge David Bauman to reopen Taylor's detention hearing but Bauman refused, saying the lawyer didn't present any new information that would warrant a new hearing.

    Perrone appealed and the panel delivered its decision on Tuesday, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

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    Taylor is an idiotl he takes part in a homicide and then wants to be released waiting for trial
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    Quote Originally Posted by maryjane View Post
    Especially after this amount of time .

    the only hope of finding her remain is that when they through her in the river the water was cold and bodies tend to go straight to the bottom. Then as it warms up the body will resurface. just saying
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    Attorney for man accused of killing Sarah Stern: 'There will be no plea deal'

    July 10, 2017

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] -- The man accused of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] during a robbery attempt late last year at her Neptune City home will not take a plea deal, his attorney said on Monday.

    Liam McAtasney, 19, of Neptune City, has pleaded not guilty in the Dec. 2 death of Stern, 19, his childhood friend. He is charged with murder and robbery, and faces between 30 years and life in prison without parole.

    Following a brief court appearance on Monday, McAtasney's attorney, Charles Moriarty, said his client maintains his innocence.
    "There will be no plea," he said with certainty.

    McAtasney's co-defendant, Preston Taylor, 19, of Neptune City, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]y to helping throw Stern's body from the Route 35 bridge early Dec. 3 in Belmar. In return for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the most serious charge against Taylor -- felony murder. He could have faced life without parole if convicted of that charge.

    Taylor also agreed to testify against McAtasney. A trial date has not yet been set for McAtasney.

    Moriarty has filed two motions, delaying the case for 77 days. One of the motions is to suppress a recorded conversation between McAtasney and a cooperating witness, only known by the initials A.C. In that conversation, prosecutors have said, McAtasney admits to strangling Stern and then [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

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    so sick. watched his friend die
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraSidle View Post
    so sick. watched his friend die
    ITA, I can only imagine the horror that was for Sarah .

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryjane View Post
    ITA, I can only imagine the horror that was for Sarah .

    Oh Maryjane I am so hopeful she was not conscious after all that but you may be right. sad
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