Union Township man indicted for murder of father

A Union County grand jury has returned a five-count indictment against a Union Township man charged with fatally stabbing his father earlier this year, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Friday.

Jeffrey Adams, 21, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree aggravated arson, third-degree hindering apprehension, and two related weapons offenses in connection with the death of 59-year-old Michael Adams.

At approximately 11:45 a.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017, members of the Irvington Fire Department and Union Township police and fire personnel responded to a home on the 1500 block of Van Ness Terrace on a report of a house fire, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Melissa Spagnoli, who is prosecuting the case. Inside the home, first responders found the victim, and he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly thereafter, Spagnoli said.

A Union County Homicide Task Force investigation was subsequently initiated. Jeffrey Adams turned himself in to Union Police Department authorities that afternoon, and he was lodged in Union County Jail.

Anyone with information about this matter still is being asked to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Michael Manochio at 908-966-2287 or Detective Christopher Scuorzo at 908-472-0492.

Convictions on murder charges commonly result in terms of 30 years to life in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.