LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — A southern Ocean County man was stabbed to death and another man has been charged in connection with his killing, police said Thursday.
Kendrick Coley, 25, of Little Egg Harbor Township, was charged Thursday in the death of Richard Pone, 28, also of Little Egg Harbor Township, who was found at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday stabbed inside a residence in the first block of Maplewood Drive, according to a statement by Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Little Egg Harbor police Chief Richard Buzby.
Coley is charged with murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, police said.
Police said there was an altercation between Coley and Pone, and Coley retrieved a kitchen knife and allegedly stabbed Pone in the upstairs bedroom. The altercation allegedly resulted from Pone confronting Coley about an assault against a female at the residence that had taken place earlier, according to the prosecutor’s statement.
Police went to the house after receiving a 911 call reporting a man was in a house on Maplewood Drive with a knife. Officers were told that one man had been stabbed inside the residence.
Officers found Coley in the garage area and placed him under arrest, police said.
Officers said a woman at the home directed them to a second-floor bedroom, where they discovered Pone unresponsive with a stab wound to his left upper chest area, police said. The woman was not identified.
Pone was pronounced dead at the scene 8:42 p.m. Wednesday.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI were contacted by Little Egg Harbor Township police to help with the investigation.