Teen charged in New Jersey murder

May 5, 2008 4:51:14 PM PDT
A 19-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in the January slaying of the mother of a friend in Jefferson Township. Morris County prosecutor Robert Bianchi announced the charges against Demetrius Diaz-Bridges Monday. The suspect was reportedly found Friday in Raleigh, North Carolina.

He is being held in the Wake County Jail pending extradition.

Elizabeth O'Brien's two sons called police when they came home from school and found blood in their apartment. The 49-year-old's body was in the upstairs bedroom. She was beaten to death.

Prosecutors say the suspect had spent the prior night at the home. He lived nearby at the time.

"This case has been our number one investigative priority each and every day since January 30, 2008," Bianchi said. "Not one day has passed without this case being pursued very aggressively by both the legal and investigative staff of the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, Morris County Sheriff's Office and the Jefferson Township Police Department.

Authorities are still seeking any information regarding this incident. Anyone who may have observed the defendant or anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Morris County Prosecutor's Office at 973-285-6200, the Jefferson Township Police Department at 973-697-1300 or the Morris County Sheriff's CrimeStoppers Program at 973-267-2255.