Originally Published by Al DellaFave, OCPO
Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Long Beach Township Police Chief Anthony Deely today announced that the Ocean County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Conrad Sipa, 52, of 1 Homelands Drive, Colts Neck, New Jersey charging him with the murder of Richard Doody, Jr. Sipa was arrested and released last year on $1,000,000 bail.
Mr. Doody’s body was found at his residence in Barnegat Light by Officers from the Long Beach Township Police Department on Monday, November 23, 2015, after a concerned family member was unable to make contact with Mr. Doody.
An autopsy conducted by Dr. Ian Hood on November 24, 2015, determined that Mr. Doody suffered blunt force trauma to his head and slash wounds to his neck. Dr. Hood ruled that Mr. Doody was the victim of a homicide.
The events outlined in the Indictment allege that Sipa committed the offense of knowing or purposeful murder by causing the death of Richard Doody, Jr., sometime between November 21, 2015, and November 23, 2015. He is further alleged to have utilized multiple weapons against the victim in the commission of this murder, including a knife, golf club, and/or a ceramic lamp. Sipa is also alleged to have taken steps to attempt to clean up the scene of the crime and to remove items of evidence from the scene in order to avoid apprehension.
The specific counts of the Indictment include one count of Murder – First Degree, three counts of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose – Third Degree, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon – Fourth Degree, one count of Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution – Third Degree, and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence – Fourth Degree.
The investigation in this case has been conducted by Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and White Collar Crimes Units, the Long Beach Township Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigations Unit. The lead detectives are Detective John Murphy from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Sergeant Ron Hullings of the Long Beach Township Police Department. The victim’s residence was meticulously examined and processed by members of the Crime Scene Investigations Unit of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.
The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations. Each person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until their guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt in court.