Western New Jersey

Salim Newton, Phillipsburg man suspected of killing Melissa Williams, nabbed in Virginia

Woman, 22, found shot to death inside her home on Sept. 18

Man arrested in VA; Charged with P'burg murder

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - A man being sought in the killing of a young woman in Phillipsburg, N.J., has been arrested in Virginia.

Salim Newton was apprehended in Richmond at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday, said Richard Burke, Warren County prosecutor, who noted that information developed during the investigation of Melissa Williams' homicide last month led authorities to Virginia.

"This information was relayed to the U.S. Marshals Service in Richmond, Va.," Burke said. "U.S. Marshals, along with Richmond, Va., police conducted surveillance and observed Newton coming in and going from the residence on several occasions."

Newton, 26, is facing homicide charges. Authorities said he shot and killed Williams, 22, inside her home on Spruce Alley on Sept. 18.

Investigators said they are still working to develop a motive for the homicide and information about the relationship between Newton and Williams, who lived just blocks away from each other.

Newton is locked up in the Richmond city jail, awaiting extradition to New Jersey, Burke said.


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