A Mays Landing man has been detained on charges of aggravated manslaughter in the death of a man who attempted to break up a domestic incident Nov. 2 on Route 40, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

Calvin Wiggins, 24, was detained by Superior Court Judge John Rauh and is in the custody of the state Department of Corrections after a detention hearing Friday.

Wiggins is charged in the death of John Charlton, 54, of Mays Landing, Tyner said. Wiggins was initially charged with aggravated assault.

Hamilton Township police responded to the scene Nov. 2, where Wiggins was involved in a domestic dispute on Route 40 near Cantillion Boulevard, Tyner said.

It is believed Charlton exited his vehicle and yelled at Wiggins to stop assaulting a woman, and then Wiggins punched him, Tyner said. Charlton subsequently fell to the ground, struck his head and never regained consciousness.

After the assault, Charlton was hospitalized at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus. He died Nov. 12 as a result of his injuries, Tyner said.

The investigation was handled by Hamilton police Detective Craig Clayton. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy represents the state in court on this matter.

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