Middlesex County officials announced today that a man charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder has pled guilty.
According to officials, Kenneth Saal pled guilty to first-degree Murder, second-degree Burglary, and fourth-degree Stalking in connection with the murder of Carolyn Byington, 26, of Plainsboro.
Officials say, during the plea, Saal stated that in April 2019, he copied the victim’s house key while she was at work and used the key to enter her apartment on multiple days in the following months.
He recounted how he planted hidden surveillance cameras to record her in her home without her knowledge.
According to Plainsboro officals, Saal then described how he brutally murdered the victim on June 10, 2019, when she came home unexpectedly and discovered him in her home.
Plainsboro officials say, Saal also pled guilty to first-degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder and second-degree Conspiracy to Commit Witness Tampering in connection with a plot that was discovered last month by the Prosecutor’s office.
Saal admitted that in an effort to derail his trial, that was initially scheduled to commence on December 5, he conspired to hire someone to commit a copycat murder to make it look like the true killer of Byington had not yet been apprehended.
He also acknowledged that as an alternative, he conspired to have one of two witnesses who were going to testify at his upcoming trial killed and have their murder staged as a suicide with a note claiming responsibility for Byington’s murder.
“Securing justice for the victim, in this case, would not have been possible if not for the collective efforts of Sergeant David Abromaitis, Detective Paul Kelley of the Prosecutor’s Office, and Sergeant Timothy McMahon of the Plainsboro Police Department,” said Prosecutor Ciccone.
“We are grateful for their work and the work of other members of the various law enforcement agencies who assisted throughout the investigation of these crimes.”
Saal would have to serve 85 percent of the term before being eligible for parole.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, January 23, 2023.