On May 20, 2023, Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay announced that a Salem City man has been sentenced to New Jersey State Prison after a Camden County jury returned a guilty verdict in February for the July 2010 murder of a Camden City woman.
On February 15, 2023, a jury convicted defendant Timothy Simon, 54, of first-degree Murder in the death of 31-year-old Lawanda Strickland.
On May 19, 2023, the court sentenced Simon to 60 years in New Jersey State Prison under the No Early Release Act, which requires Simon to serve 85% of the sentence before being eligible for parole.
On July 10, 2010, officers from the Camden City Police Department and detectives of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the 900 block of Jackson Street in Camden City for a report of a deceased female in her residence.
The female victim was identified as Strickland. Simon, who was Strickland’s ex-boyfriend at that time, called 9-1-1 to report that Strickland was deceased. An autopsy determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the neck and the manner of death was homicide.
Over the next five years, a thorough multi-state investigation was conducted by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, the Camden County Police Department, and the Houston (Texas) Police Department, involving cell phone data, DNA evidence, crime scene processing, and numerous interviews.
In December 2015, Simon was charged with Strickland’s murder and was subsequently arrested in Houston, Texas.
In 2016, Simon was extradited back to New Jersey. A 10-week trial, beginning on December 6, 2022, resulted in Simon’s conviction for Strickland’s murder.
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