OFFICE OF THE
UNION COUNTY
PROSECUTOR
FOR EMERGENCIES, DIAL 911 Immediately 

Andrew K. RuOTOLO, JR. Justice CENTER
32 Rahway Avenue, elizabeth, NJ 07202

908-527-4500    ucpo@ucnj.org
Michael A. Monahan
Acting Prosecutor

Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 2, 2011

Earlier this morning a Union County Grand Jury indicted William Parisio, a Cranford man charged with killing his girlfriend earlier this year, announced Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.

Parisio (DOB 7/4/1988) is charged with Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. A copy of the Indictment is attached to this release.

According to the investigation, on March 13, 2011 Parisio struck the victim, Pamela Schmidt, 22, of Warren, N.J. with a 12 lb. dumbbell and then strangled her. Parisio remains in the Union County Jail on $400,000.

Following the homicide several media outlets reported that the defendant’s rumored use “Bath Salts” – a now-illegal drug – might have played a role in the homicide. However, toxicology reports revealed no presence of the substance in the defendant following his arrest, said Romankow.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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