Mays Landing man indicted in fatal Route 40 assault
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — A Mays Landing man has been indicted on aggravated manslaughter charges after punching a man who attempted to break up a domestic incident along Route 40 and later died, authorities said.
An Atlantic County grand jury returned an indictment against Calvin Wiggins, 24, in the death of John Charlton, 54, of Mays Landing, who was struck Nov. 2, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.
Charlton died Nov. 12.
On Nov. 2, Hamilton Township police responded to Route 40 near Cantillon Boulevard, where Wiggins was in a domestic dispute on the side of the road, Tyner said.
Charlton, who reportedly was on his way to work, exited his vehicle, yelled for Wiggins to stop assaulting the woman, and Wiggins punched Charlton, Tyner said. Charlton fell to the ground and struck his head, Tyner said.
Charlton was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, but never regained consciousness. He died from his injuries 10 days later.
Wiggins initially was charged with aggravated assault. Charges were upgraded after Charlton died.
Family members previously said Charlton was a nationally known figure skater who earned several awards in competitions. Prior to his death, he worked in information technology marketing.
Wiggins is in custody at the Atlantic County jail, where Superior Court Judge John Rauh ordered him to remain until trial during a previous hearing.
In addition to being initially charged with aggravated assault, Wiggins was charged with simple assault and possession of marijuana, police said.
Hamilton Township police Detective Craig Clayton handled the investigation.