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Millstone Resident Charged With Murder in Connection to July Shooting

By Davis Law Firm | August 16, 2022

A resident of Millstone, New Jersey, is being charged with murder after he allegedly shot an acquaintance on July 10, 2022. The person being charged with murder is 71-year-old David A. Bulk. Bulk was initially arrested at his New Jersey home on charges of attempted murder after 49-year-old Gerard Carpinello of Portland, Pennsylvania, was shot.

First responders transported Carpinello to a Neptune hospital around 3:15 a.m. after Bulk allegedly shot him twice in the stomach. When Millstone police arrived at the scene of the accident, they found Carpinello in a pool of his own blood and Bulk sitting in a recliner in his living room with a revolver next to him.

As the local police were getting Carpinello the help he needed, he stated that he thought he and Bulk were friends. Millstone police took Bulk into custody. The morning after the incident, Bulk claimed he was overly intoxicated and didn’t remember anything that happened the night before. He was aware of the revolver, claiming that he kept it stored next to the recliner on the end table.

Bulk agreed that he and Carpinello were friends and that he was staying the night after both men had visited with Bulk’s brother earlier in the night.

Bulk was released on bail for the attempted murder charges while Carpinello fought for his life at the Neptune hospital. Carpinello, unfortunately, lost his life almost three weeks later, and Bulk was newly arrested on murder charges. Bulk went into custody without a fight.

In addition to the murder charges, Bulk is also being charged with weapons charges. The New Jersey prosecutor’s office is still looking for more information on this case. 

Attempted Murder Charges in New Jersey

Initially, in this case, Bulk was being charged with attempted murder. In New Jersey, attempted murder carries with it jail time between 5-15 years for second-degree charges and up to life in prison for first-degree attempted murder. New Jersey defines attempted murder as a failed attempt at murdering another person. In an attempted murder case, the prosecutor aims to prove that the accused intentionally attempted to murder the other person. Sometimes, this involves a shooting or physical damage to someone without loss of life.

Murder Charges in New Jersey

Murder charges in New Jersey are severe and often include up to life in prison. Similar to attempted murder charges, New Jersey defines consequences based on the severity of the crime and how they’re charged. A second-degree murder charge in New Jersey includes an unplanned or unintentional killing of a person. A first-degree murder charge in New Jersey comes from a premeditated or intentional killing.

Some people may also be charged with third-degree or manslaughter charges. This includes unplanned, unintentional killing that doesn’t also include other crimes.

Weapons Charges in New Jersey

Bulk is also likely to be charged with weapons charges. Weapons charges in New Jersey may lead to anywhere between 18 months-five years in prison.

Murder charges are severe. It’s crucial that you work with a lawyer if you’re being charged with attempted murder or murder charges in New Jersey. If convicted, you risk being sentenced to prison for life.

Contact an Experienced Trenton Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Murder Charges in Hamilton

Were you arrested or charged with murder in New Jersey? The consequences of a conviction could be severe, leaving you with a permanent criminal record and possibly even sending you to jail. That is why you need to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible about your case. The attorneys at the Davis Law Firm, LLC have successfully represented clients charged with murder in Trenton, Hamilton, Ewing, Lawrence, and throughout New Jersey. Call (609) 498-7722 or fill out the online contact form to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team. We have an office conveniently located at 2653 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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