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Jeremiah Monell, 33, was found guilty of stabbing Tara O’Shea-Watson, 35, to death in her Commercial Township home after a two-week trial.

BRIDGETON — A Cedarville man faces a life sentence without parole after he was found guilty Friday of the 2016 murder of his estranged wife.

Jeremiah Monell, 33, was found guilty of stabbing Tara O’Shea-Watson, 35, to death in her Commercial Township home after a two-week trial, according to a news release from Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae.

Monell’s attorney, Nathan Perry, did not return a request for comment.

The jury also found Monell guilty of weapons offenses.

In addition to the guilty verdict, the jury found “the crime was committed by the defendant’s own conduct and under circumstances (that) were outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible or inhuman and involved torture, depravity of mind or an aggravated assault to the victim,” Webb-McRae said.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 1.

During the trial, the medical examiner testified that O’Shea-Watson “suffered nearly 90 sharp force injury wounds.”

The knives used in the murder were found by investigators behind the kitchen stove, one with a bloody palm print that matched Monell, according to the release.

Monell and O’Shea-Watson’s son, who was 12 at the time, witnessed the murder.

At a court appearance before trial, Assistant Prosecutor Charles Wettstein said the boy saw Monell slam O’Shea-Watson onto the floor and choke her.

“The juvenile heard the victim say, ‘Just let me die in peace,’” Wettstein said. “At that time, the defendant retrieved two knives from the kitchen, from the block of kitchen knives. He then proceeded to go back to Miss O’Shea-Watson and repeatedly stab her.”

Contact: 609-272-7241 Mbilinski@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressMollyB

Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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