Additional charges filed against murder suspect

ORANGE, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray has announced that murder charges have been filed against Khalil Wheeler-Weaver in connection with death of Joanne Brown, 33, of Newark. Brown’s body was discovered on Dec. 5 in a vacant house in the 300 block of Highland Avenue in Orange. The cause of death was asphyxiation and the death was ruled a homicide.  

After an investigation by the Prosecutor’s Homicide Task Force, Wheeler-Weaver was charged with one count of murder and one count of disturbing human remains. Wheeler-Weaver was charged earlier this month with murder in connection with the death of Sarah Butler, 20, of Montclair, whose body was discovered in Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange on Dec. 1.

The new charges against Wheeler-Weaver were filed Dec. 16, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly, of the Prosecutor’s Homicide Squad. Bail was set at $5 million by Judge John Gizzo. Wheeler-Weaver continues to be held in the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.

The investigations into the deaths of Brown and Butler are continuing, according to Fennelly. At this time, there is no indication that the victims knew each other. Anyone with information is asked to call the Prosecutor’s Tips Line at 877-847-7432.

The charges against Wheeler-Weaver are merely accusations. He is presumed innocent until he is found guilty in a court of law.