Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh announced today that Ernest Williams, Jr., 21, of Montclair has been arrested and charged with the murder of Brian Schiavetti, a 21-year-old of Villanova University student from Ridgefield, Ct.
“Our detectives and those the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force have been working around the clock methodically investigating this homicide. I am very pleased with their efforts leading to the swift arrest of the suspect,’’ said Montclair Police Chief Sabagh.
Schiavetti was fatally shot on July 22 at a residence located at 25 Williams Street in Montclair.
The preliminary investigation indicates Schiavetti was killed during the course of a robbery.
Schiavetti died from multiple gun shot injuries. He was pronounced dead at approximately 6:40 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.
Williams has been charged with one count of murder, one count of robbery and two weapons offenses. He is being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility on $750,000 bail. Bail was set by the Honorable Joseph Cassini, 3rd, J.S.C.
These are accusations. All defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until they plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law.