Cherry Hill Police Chief Bud Monaghan and Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo announced a Mount Holly man was arraigned Friday in a Cherry Hill homicide.
Daniel Jurczyk, M/21, is charged with first-degree Murder in the death of 50-year-old James Conley.
Conley was found injured in a detached storage shed in the rear of to 2420 Church Road when Cherry Hill police responded at 1:38 a.m. December 18, 2013 to the property for the report of a person in need of medical attention.
Conley was awake and alert, and advised officers he was feeling pain in his ribs and could not feel his legs. Conley stated he had accidentally fallen.
While en route to Cooper University Hospital, emergency medical personnel noticed Conley had several wounds on his back that were consistent with stab wounds.
Conley became paralyzed from the chest down as a result of the injuries he sustained on December 18, 2013. Conley died from his injuries June 9.
On June 11, an autopsy was performed by Dr. Charles Siebert of the Gloucester/Camden/Salem County Medical Examiner’s Office and he initially ruled the manner and cause of death as pending but alerted investigators Conley’s death was probably a homicide.
On August 28, Dr. Siebert concluded his evaluation and ruled the manner of Conley’s death to be homicide.
In the weeks that followed, Cherry Hill Detective John Moyer and Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Michael Rhoads were able to identify Jurczyk as a possible suspect.
On September 30, detectives conducted an interview with Jurczyk, who is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges. During the interview, Jurczyk admitted to stabbing Conley in the back with a knife and then fleeing the scene.
On Friday, Superior Court Judge Edward McBride set bail for Jurczyk at $1 million.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.