Judge denies bail for Sarah Stern disappearance suspect Preston Taylor

Judge denies bail for Sarah Stern disappearance suspect Preston Taylor

Judge denies bail for Sarah Stern disappearance suspect Preston Taylor (2/16/17)

FREEHOLD - A Monmouth County judge has denied bail release of Preston Taylor, the suspect accused of helping to cover up the murder of 19-year-old Neptune City resident Sarah Stern.

His attorney John Perrone was in court this morning asking for another chance at release, arguing the hearing should be opened because Taylor would not pose a flight risk.

Perrone also argued Taylor made a full confession to police.

According to Superior Court Judge David Bauman, there's no basis under the statute or court rule to reopen the detention hearing. 

Liam Mcatasney is accused of killing Stern and throwing her body in the Shark River in Belmar back in December.

Prosecuting attorney Meghan Doyle alleges Taylor knew about the plan to rob and murder Stern for six months prior to the killing.

McAtasney allegedly strangled Stern and then alerted Taylor to come to the house to help move her body, according to the state.

Both suspects then allegedly went back to the home a few hours later, moved Stern’s body from the backyard into her car and then dumped her over the Route 35 Bridge in Belmar.

Law enforcement officials tell News 12 New Jersey that McAtasney's phone was later found in Stern's driveway.

Stern and the two suspects had been longtime friends who all went to school together. Stern and Taylor went to their high school junior prom together.

Sources involved in the investigation tell News 12 New Jersey that Taylor and McAtasney allegedly buried two lockboxes containing items stolen from Stern’s home at Sandy Hook and Shark River Park.

Stern’s body has still not been recovered.

The case is scheduled to go before a grand jury in the next 90 days.

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