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UPDATE: Man Charged with Beating his Senior Citizen Mother In-Law to Death in Nutley


Essex County authorized announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force and the Nutley Police Department are investigating the murder of Ms. Barbara Ann Bezzone, 84, of Nutley. 

Yesterday, Tuesday, Dec. 14 at approximately 8:21 p.m. Nutley Police received a 911 call from a male on Prospect Street stating he had killed his mother-in-law.

When the police arrived, they discovered the victim lying on the floor unresponsive with severe injuries.

She was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:45 pm.

Police say Mr. James Pica, 58, was arrested and charged with her murder.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor's Office tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.

Calls will be kept confidential.

The charges are accusations.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable double in a court of law.