Man Charged with Killing Wife in Their Willingboro Home


Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw and Willingboro Township Acting Director of Public Safety Captain Ian Bucs announced that a 60-year-old Willingboro man has been charged with fatally stabbing his wife last week inside their home in the Hawthorne Park section of the township.

Stanley Martin, of the first block of Hinsdale Lane, was charged with Murder (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Third Degree) and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Fourth Degree).

The defendant was lodged in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly pending a detention hearing next week in Superior Court. The Prosecutor’s Office will prepare the case for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment.

The investigation began just before 1 a.m. on January 13 when officers from the Westampton Township Police Department were called to the Wawa convenience store on Springside Road for a report of a man threatening employees.

The man, who was later identified as Martin, left the store prior to the arrival of police. He was located approximately one hour later outside of a closed retail business in Willingboro Township and taken into custody.

Information obtained during the apprehension led to a wellness check at his residence, where Willingboro Township police officers discovered the body of Dierdra Martin, 56. An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood determined the cause of death was due to multiple stab wounds.

Martin will be prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Bob Van Gilst, supervisor of the BPCO Major Crimes Unit. The homicide investigation is being conducted by investigators from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the Willingboro Township Police Department, with assistance from the Westampton Township Police Department. The lead investigators are BCPO Detective Nicholas Schieber and Detective Jillian Marin, and WTPD Detective Monica Pogorzelski.

All persons are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

2024-03 Willingboro Murder Arrest


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