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Man indicted in Hunterdon County murder

Man indicted in Hunterdon County murder

A man accused in a fatal stabbing in Hunterdon County, New Jersey has been indicted by a grand jury.

On Tuesday, a grand jury indicted 39-year-old Gary Passarelli on a first-degree murder charge.

Authorities say Passarelli beat and then stabbed 35-year-old John Niko in Raritan Township back in May.

Police found Niko's body while conducting a welfare check at his home after he failed to show up for work.

An autopsy determined Niko died from blunt force trauma to the head and chest and multiple stab wounds.

Officials say Passarelli also faces weapons and drug possession charges in the case.

Passarelli is being held in prison on $1 million bail.

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