MAYS LANDING — An Egg Harbor Township man accused of beating his girlfriend to death in with a hammer in November of last year is slated to appear in court Thursday.
Lashaun Smith, 36, who is charged with murder and unlawful possession of a weapon in the death of his girlfriend, 28-year-old Sarah Phillips, is scheduled to appear for a pretrial conference at 9 a.m. before Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr. in Atlantic County Superior Court.
Smith, represented by public defender Stephen Funk, pleaded not guilty at his post-indictment arraignment in December.
Smith was arrested after Egg Harbor Township police, responding to a call at 5:04 a.m. Nov. 3, 2017, found Phillips inside a home on the first block of South Zion Road.
An investigation by the prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit and township police found Phillips was struck multiple times with a hammer. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be homicide due to multiple blunt- and sharp-force injuries.
Smith is currently housed in Atlantic County jail.