Thursday, December 20, 2012
Davis is charged in the slaying of the 79-year-old Paulsboro resident.
A state grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Paulsboro man accused of killing a great-grandmother who had survived cancer. The grand jury, sitting in Woodbury, indicted Samuel Kevin Davis, 46, on charges of first-degree murder, two third-degree counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, a second-degree count of aggravated assault, and two fourth-degree counts of unlawful possession of a weapon. He is accused of killing 79-year-old Thirza Sweeten inside her Paulsboro home on March 19. She died from both blunt- and sharp-force trauma, and the murder weapons were reportedly found at the scene. The investigation circled Davis from the beginning and he was arrested on June 28. He has been held in the Gloucester County Jail since …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Samuel Kevin Davis reportedly beat the elderly Paulsboro woman to death in March.
Samuel Kevin Davis, 45, will remain jailed on $750,000 bail for allegedly killing Paulsboro great-grandmother Thirza Sweeten, a judge ruled Monday. Davis, who goes by Kevin Davis and is also of Paulsboro, has been jailed since June. His attorney sought to lower the bail to $100,000, arguing that Davis hasn’t been indicted, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement. Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Temperance Williamson countered that Davis’ case will be presented for indictment, or formal charges, at the next grand jury session. Superior Court Judge Walter A. Marshall Jr. sided with the prosecution. Sweeten, 79, was beaten to death in her South Delaware Avenue home on March 19. She died from both blunt- and sharp-…
Friday, June 29, 2012
The Paulsboro man was charged with first degree murder.
Thirza Sweeten was a great-grandmother five times over, a woman who loved knitting, crocheting and Westerns. A native of Manchester, England who moved to Paulsboro in the 1970s, the 79-year-old cancer survivor was a regular at Cowtown in Woodstown, and lived on a quiet corner in the borough. So when she was found beaten to death in her gray bungalow at South Delaware and Jessup Streets in March in Gloucester County’s first murder of 2012, it shocked the neighborhood and set police and prosecutors on a hunt for her killer, as they scoured the area and interviewed dozens of people in the days following her death. And after a three-month investigation and lab tests that linked a suspect already in custody to Sweeten’s death, Gloucester County…
The announcement comes after a three-month investigation into the elderly Paulsboro resident's killing.
A Paulsboro man has been charged in Gloucester County's first murder of 2012, following a three-month investigation, county Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton announced Friday afternoon. Samuel Kevin Davis, who was the person of interest police identified just days after the slaying of 79-year-old Thirza Sweeten, has been charged with murder and weapons offenses. Sweeten was found dead in her gray bungalow at the corner of South Delaware and Jessup streets in Paulsboro on March 19, after her daughter came to the home to check on her. Davis, 43, was arrested after lab results on forensic evidence linking him to the crime came back Wednesday, Dalton said. Check back with Patch for more on this story this afternoon.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The suspect's identity hasn't been disclosed, pending a Friday press conference.
A suspect has been charged in Gloucester County's first murder of 2012, but the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office declined to name the man ahead of a scheduled Friday press conference. The charges stem from the death of 79-year-old Thirza Sweeten, whose body was found in her Paulsboro home by relatives on March 19. Paulsboro police and the prosecutor's office interviewed about 20 people in the days following the discovery, and had identified a person of interest just days later, though prosecutors never identified that person. At the same time that person of interest was identified, prosecutors indicated there was evidence that needed additional forensic testing at the State Police lab in Trenton. Sweeten, who lived in a gray bungalow …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
No charges have been filed yet in Gloucester County's first murder of the year.
A 79-year-old Paulsboro woman died of multiple injuries, including blunt-force trauma, according to autopsy results released by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office Wednesday. Investigators are still trying to locate Thirza Sweeten's killer, though, after the Delaware Street resident was found dead in her home Monday evening. A person of interest has been identified in the case, Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton said Tuesday, but no charges have been filed against anyone in connection with the murder, Gloucester County's first of the year. The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office major crimes and crime scene units and Paulsboro police have interviewed about 20 people so far, prosecutor's spokesman Bernie Weisenfeld said, and …
The investigation into Gloucester County's first murder of 2012 is continuing, officials said.
A person of interest in the murder of 79-year-old Thirza Sweeten in Paulsboro has been identified and the investigation is progressing, Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said Tuesday. Work during the day by Paulsboro police and the prosecutor’s office led to at least one person being labeled of interest in Gloucester County’s first murder of the year, though Dalton did not identify that individual. Dalton said they’re still seeking more information about what may have happened to Sweeten between Sunday night and Monday evening. Anyone with information about Sweeten’s death is asked to contact the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office major crimes unit at 856-384-5500 or Paulsboro police at 856-423-1101. Anonymous tips can also be…
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The 79-year-old was found dead in her home Monday night.
A Paulsboro woman's death is being called a murder, the first in Gloucester County this year, after her body was found by relatives Monday evening. Thirza Sweeten, 79, who lived alone in her home on South Delaware Avenue, had multiple injuries, police said, when her daughter found her body just after 6 p.m. Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office (GCPO) spokesman Bernie Weisenfeld said there's no suspect in custody, and Paulsboro police and the GCPO are continuing to investigate the crime. Anyone with information about Sweeten's death is asked to contact the GCPO major crimes unit at 856-384-5500 or Paulsboro police at 856-423-1101. Anonymous tips can also be texted. Text GLOTIP + message to CRIMES (274637).