FREEHOLD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There was a courtroom confession Monday, from one among two youngsters charged within the homicide of a woman from New Jersey.
As CBS2’s Meg Baker reported, Preston Taylor got here clear about cash, lies and greed — admitting his personal guilt, and that of his co-conspirators.
Together with his had on the bible, 19-yr-previous Taylor, described the brutal particulars concerned in murdering his former pal Sarah Stern for her cash.
“Make it seem like a suicide,” he stated when requested why the automotive was left deserted.
The Neptune resident took a plead deal.
“It’s clear Preston Taylor plead responsible to these counts, accepted duty, agreed to cooperate with the state in our persevering with prosecution,” Monmouth County Prosecutor, Christopher Gramiccioni stated.
The settlement was in trade for ratting out his former roommate, Liam McAtasney, with whom he claims to have plotted for months — understanding Stern inherited $10,000 from her deceased mom.
Sarah’s father Michael Stern broke down in tears as Taylor described shifting her physique twice after McAtasney strangled her.
She was dragged from a downstairs toilet to a bush within the yard and coated with leaves.
Later that night time, the 2 males put Stern’s lifeless physique in her automotive and drove over to the Route 35 bridge in Belmar.
“He was unable to carry her physique over the railing,” Taylor recalled.
Taylor stated he and McAtasney buried Stern’s protected in Shark River Park, and one other protected with their cash on Sandy Hook — conspiring to cowl it up.
The seek for her physique is ongoing.
There was a loud gasp within the courtroom when the decide requested Taylor what his reduce of the deal was — merely $three,000 to eliminate her physique. Now, he can pay with as much as 20 years in jail.
Sentencing for Taylor won’t occur till after McAtasney’s trial.