Todd Warner, the 50-year-old accused of the brutal murder of his parents in Washington Township, is expected to appear before a judge on Tuesday for the first time – four days before the community reunites to mourn the untimely death of his parents .
Warner, who officials said used baseball bats and a knife to kill his parents, Frank and Joyanne Warner, both 73, was returned to Warren County Jail on November 5. Their bodies were discovered on October 27 at their home on Peregrine Drive in Washington Township, authorities said.
After the murders, Todd Warner is accused of fleeing the scene in his parents’ SUV, obtaining a cash advance on his father’s credit card at a casino in Bethlehem, Pa., Before playing a game. game of blackjack at another casino in Bensalem, PA. It was there that he was arrested by a Pennsylvania state soldier and held in a prison in Doylestown, Pa., Before waiving an extradition hearing.
Todd Warner is scheduled to appear in Warren County Superior Court in Belvidere on Tuesday for a detention hearing. Under the rules governing the courts, there is a presumption that a motion to detain an accused facing murder charges will be granted until the case is decided.
Frank and Joyanne Warner will be remembered together in service from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on November 16 at the South Ridge Community Church in Clinton. A prayer service will follow.
The couple were inseparable during their 52-year marriage and were in love with Bound Brook High School, where they were in class of 1964, according to their combined obituary.
Passionate about the hair salon industry, the couple opened the Frank Anthony Salon in Chester in 1970 and “were dedicated to giving back to both the industry and the local community they served,” the obituary says. . The couple were due to retire at the end of December.
Instead of flowers, Frank and Joyanne Warner’s family are asking for donations to be made to the Joy and Frank Hairstyling Foundation, created because the couple “lived, loved and worked to pay it back,” their obituary reads.
Todd Warner, who officials say confessed to the murders and detailed how he killed his parents, faces 30 years in life on each of the murder charges.
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