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A lawyer for a man accused of strangling his childhood friend during a robbery and throwing her body off a New Jersey bridge said on Wednesday that his client made up stories as part of a horror film plot.
Liam McAtasney's attorney, Charles Moriarty, made the claim during a hearing in Freehold where he unsuccessfully sought to have a judge dismiss a murder indictment against McAtasney.
Monmouth - County - Prosecutors - Neptune - City
Monmouth County prosecutors say the 20-year-old Neptune City man killed 19-year-old Sarah Stern on December 2, 2016, during a robbery that netted $10,000.
Moriarty told state Superior Court Judge Richard English that McAtasney's acquaintance was making a horror movie and told detectives that the suspect was 'always making things up to be more interesting.'
Police - Acquaintance - McAtasney - Crime - Moriarty
Police say the acquaintance secretly recorded McAtasney confessing to the crime. Moriarty is seeking to have that recording excluded from evidence at his upcoming trial.
McAtasney's friend Preston Taylor, 20, has said he helped him dump Stern's body off of the Route 35 Bridge in Belmar over the Shark River Inlet. Stern's body has never been found.
Taylor - April - Charges - Robbery - Conspiracy
Taylor pleaded guilty last April to charges of robbery, conspiracy, disturbing or desecrating...
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