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Man faces murder charges in Newark stabbing death

4-18-14

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed in the case of a man found stabbed to death in an abandoned Newark home last weekend.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray announced Friday that 34-year-old Jose Gonzalez of Newark also faces weapons charges in the death of Jorge Venegas, a 58-year-old Newark resident whose body was found Sunday afternoon at a Mt. Prospect Avenue home.

A possible motive for the slaying has not been disclosed, and further details on the case were not released.

Bail was set at $750,000 for Gonzalez, who was taken into custody Thursday night. It was not known if he has retained an attorney.