Prosecutor: Cousin of Caldwell murder victim charged in connection with death

Jose Lazaro Gonzalez, 18, is accused of killing

Jose Lazaro Gonzalez, 18, is accused of killing his cousin, Marvin Lazaro, 27, in Caldwell on Feb. 26. (Credit: File photo)

CALDWELL - The cousin and roommate of a man stabbed to death in Caldwell last month has been charged in connection with the crime.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office says Jose Lazaro Gonzalez, 18, is accused of killing his cousin, Marvin Lazaro, 27, on Feb. 26 inside the apartment they shared on the 400 block of Bloomfield Avenue.

The two men shared the apartment with two other men, all believed to be cousins from Guatemala.

Authorities say that Gonzalez escaped to Missouri after the killing and was arrested at the Greyhound Bus station in Kansas City. He is awaiting extradition.

Gonzales was charged with murder and weapons charges.

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