Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle reported an arraignment for an Elk Township man charged in a Gloucester Township Homicide.
Superior Court Judge Lee Solomon ordered Timothy Donnelly, M/46, of Elk Township, held on $1.5 million bail Wednesday afternoon on charges of Murder, Felony Murder and Armed Robbery. This was Donnelly’s first appearance in a New Jersey court since he was charged earlier this month. He had been receiving treatment at a veterans hospital for psychiatric issues in Coatesville, PA, at the time he was charged.
According to a probable cause statement issued by the State, Donnelly is accused of killing Kathleen Korbel during a robbery at a home on the first block of Mayflower Drive on Sept. 20, 2013. One of the owners of the home was Donnelly’s mother. She was away on vacation at the time of the incident and Korbel was housesitting. She was not present at the time of the murder and was not involved in the crime in any way.
It is alleged that Donnelly shot Korbel once in the head. Investigators at the scene found numerous signs of robbery, including open and ransacked jewelry boxes and a safe. Fifty pieces of jewelry were reported missing from the home, as well as collectible coins and paper currency.
Within days of the killing, investigators honed in on Donnelly as a suspect. Investigators received information that a motorcycle matching the description of Donnelly’s Yamaha was seen outside the Mayflower Drive around the time of the killing. They also received information that the day after the killing a witness saw Donnelly carrying a gun in his waistband and a prescription pill bottle that matched the description of a prescription for morphine that belonged to Korbel. Korbel’s name was on the bottle in Donnelly’s possession. Pieces of jewelry matching the description of one of the pieces stolen was recovered in a duffel bag belonging to Donnelly and a search of his uncovered one of the rare coins that were reported stolen. Information also came to detectives that indicated
Donnelly had buried a box of ammunition shortly after the killing. That box of ammunition was recovered buried on a property adjacent to the defendant’s home in Elk Township, NJ.
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