MAYS LANDING – A Camden man was indicted for murder today for the stabbing death of a Hamilton Township man in August of 2014, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
Today, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Richard L. Ferrara, 50, of the 600 block of Market Street, Camden, for the August 14, 2014 stabbing death of William R. Strock, 41, of the Inland Estates mobile home park on the Black Horse Pike, an injury that caused Strock’s death several hours later. Ferrara was indicted on three counts:
- Murder—a crime of the 1st degree,
- Possession of a Weapon (Knife) for an Unlawful Purpose—a 3rd degree crime, and
- Unlawful Possession of a Weapon—a 4th degree crime.
At 12:12 a.m. on August 14, 2014, Hamilton Township Police, Rescue, and paramedics responded to Inland Estates for a 9-1-1 call from a neighbor who had found a man lying on the ground outside. Upon arrival, police found Strock, bleeding from an apparent stab wound to his torso.
Strock was transported by ambulance to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center—City Division, where he was later pronounced dead.
An eight-month-long investigation by Hamilton Township Police Department detectives and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit led to Ferrara’s arrest on May 7, 2015 at the Atlantic County Justice Facility, where he was being held on an unrelated matter.
Ferrara was charged with Murder, and held in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $1,000,000 full cash bail set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Raymond A. Batten. Ferrara has remained there since.
At the time of the incident, Ferrara was staying at the victim’s home.
A conviction for murder carries a potential sentence of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison for a period of 30 years to life. The potential penalty for a 3rd degree conviction is 3-5 years in prison, and the potential penalty for a 4th degree conviction is up to 18 months of imprisonment.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Cary Shill represented the State in the matter.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases a charged defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652- 1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.