Manchester man convicted of killing neighbor with hammer

A Ocean County man has been convicted of killing his neighbor with a hammer after a jury rejected his defense that he found the man's

Man sentenced for fatal armed robbery

Man sentenced for fatal armed robbery (2/19/16)

TOMS RIVER - A Ocean County man has been convicted of killing his neighbor with a hammer after a jury rejected his defense that he found the man's body while robbing his house.

Alan Bienkowski was found guilty Friday in Toms River of killing 76-year-old Anthony Verdicchio in 2013. The 57-year-old Bienkowski faces life in prison without parole when he's sentenced.

During his trial, Bienkowski had testified that he was high on heroin when he broke into Verdicchio's house in Manchester and found the man already dead. Bienkowski acknowledged stealing collectibles, including coins.

Part of Bienkowski's alibi was that he was out running errands and snorting heroin that day.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

87-year-old Inge Goldstein poses with a sign she 1 Women's March event to be held in Pompton Plains
Jersey City police looking for shooter after bullets 2 Bullets strike one person, NJ Transit bus in Jersey City
Jersey City police looking for shooter after bullets 3 Bullets strike one person, NJ Transit bus in Jersey City
A make-shift memorial sits at the site where 4 Shooting leaves 3 dead in Jersey City
Englewood Hospital using bottled water after high levels 5 High levels of lead found in water samples at Englewood Hospital

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Alan Bienkowski took the stand in his murder Defendant in hammer killing takes the stand

The Manchester man accused of killing his 76-year-old neighbor with a hammer took the stand

Anthony Verdicchio (pictured), 76, was allegedly struck 14 Trial begins for man accused of killing neighbor with hammer

The trial of a Manchester man accused of killing his 76-year-old neighbor with a hammer

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE