MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murdering his father and grandmother, authorities in New Jersey said Wednesday.
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Maplewood Police Chief Robert Cimino said Dwayne Flourney, of Maplewood, murdered 76-year-old Sandra Flourney and 52-year-old Brian Flourney.
Sandra Flourney, a retired school teacher, and Brian Flourney, an investigator employed by the Union County Public Defender’s Office, both lived at 5 Northview Terrace, where the suspect also lived.
Fire and law enforcement officials were sent to the home when Brian Flourney did not show up for work. Concerned co-workers and family members called Maplewood police.
Maplewood police discovered Brian Flourney dead on the home’s back porch and the Essex County Homicide Task Force found Sandra Flourney in a car trunk in a garage attached to the home.
“Both bodies were discovered in the house — both had been stabbed multiple times, both had been there…since Saturday,” Murray told 1010 WINS.
The preliminary investigation indicates Dwayne Flourney stabbed his grandmother and father on Saturday, hid the bodies and invited friends to the home for a party, authorities said.
Dwayne Flourney was arrested at a girlfriend’s home in Phillipsburg on Tuesday night with help from the Phillipsburg Police Department, CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman reported.
A neighbor told Guzman that while she is shocked by the crime, she isn’t surprised by its alleged perpetrator.
“I just felt that it was Dwayne who did that. I know the family didn’t necessarily trust him. He was put out of the house a number of times,” the neighbor said.
The suspect is being held at Essex County Correctional Facility and charged with two counts of murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and theft.
Bail was set at $1 million and Dwayne Flourney is expected to be arraigned on March 20.
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