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Morris County man charged with murder in shooting death of wife

EAST HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County man is charged with the murder of his wife inside their home East Hanover Township home, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

Alexander Jacobs, 74, of East Hanover Township, has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and fourth-degree possession of prohibited devices.

On March 26, at around 2:02 p.m., township police responded to a residence on Selmar Terrace or a 911 call.  Upon arrival, first responding officers located the 911 caller outside the residence.  The person indicated to police that her parents were involved in a domestic incident involving a gun inside the residence, Knapp said. 

Alexander, who was later identified as the deceased victim’s husband, was determined to be inside the residence. He was taken into the custody outside the residence, Knapp said.

The handgun believed to be used by Alexander to inflict the fatal injuries was recovered at the scene.  A deceased female was subsequently located inside the residence and she was identified as Alexander’s wife, Lilia Jacobs, Knapp said.

An autopsy of the victim’s body is pending with the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office, Knapp siad.

Alexander was lodged at the Morris County Jail pending a court appearance, Knapp said.

East Hanover Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigations Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit assisted in the investigation.   

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, you’re encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the East Hanover Township Police Department at 973-887-0432.  

Jay Edwards

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