Thursday, January 3, 2013
Whipkey's murder in West Deptford remained unsolved for many years, adding to her family's anguish.
SOUTH JERSEY -- Jennifer Whipkey had dreams. The young mother from the Clarksboro section of East Greenwich, Gloucester County wanted to join the U.S. Air Force to serve her country and build a career to support herself and her 4-year-old daughter. Brian Mertz snuffed those dreams. In an attack the sentencing judge described as "particularly heinous," Mertz beat and strangled Whipkey, and then stabbed her 41 times and slashed her 22 times with a knife, cutting her carotid artery. A newspaper delivery employee found Whipkey’s battered body in a wooded area off Woodbury Terrace in West Deptford on May 26, 2002. Whipkey, 22, was last seen alive at Adelphia nightclub in Deptford in the early hours of May 25. Her body was 160 feet from the …
The Woodbury man will spend decades in prison for the 2002 murder.
Read more about the sentencing at Brian Mertz Gets 50 Years in Slaying of Jennifer Whipkey.
Friday, October 26, 2012
"While no one can restore Jennifer to her loved ones ... this outcome will hopefully provide them with some measure of comfort," said First Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Michael Curwin.
It took more than six years for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office to make an arrest in the slaying of 22-year-old Jennifer Whipkey, whose body was found in West Deptford on May 26, 2002. But on Thursday, a jury found her killer, Brian Mertz, guilty of first-degree murder. Following the verdict, prosecutors said they were relieved justice was finally served. In a statement, First Assistant Prosecutor Michael Curwin, who tried the case for the state, said his office “is sincerely gratified by the jury’s just verdict. From the outset, it was abundantly clear to all that they were a diligent group which uniformly paid close attention during trial and worked extremely hard in their deliberations. "While no one can restore Jennifer …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The decade-old West Deptford slaying had remained unsolved for several years.
SOUTH JERSEY -- Jennifer Whipkey's family waited more than a decade for justice. It finally arrived Thursday afternoon, when a jury found Whipkey's killer guilty. A state Superior Court jury in Woodbury convicted Brian Mertz, 34, of first-degree murder in Whipkey's death. Whipkey’s body, stabbed and slashed more than 60 times, was found in a wooded area off Woodbury Terrace in West Deptford on May 26, 2002. A newspaper delivery employee stumbled upon the body. The victim, the mother of a 4-year-old daughter, was last seen alive at Adelphia nightclub in Deptford in the early hours of May 25. The body’s location was 160 feet from the door of Westwood Motor Lodge, where Mertz had been staying at the time. Whipkey, 22, was from the …