Rahway murder suspect waives first court appearance

Roberto Grillo waived his first court appearance for the murder of Rahway mother Yolanda Vega.

Roberto Grillo waived his first court appearance for the murder of Rahway mother Yolanda Vega. (12/18/15)

ELIZABETH - An Essex County man accused of killing a mother of two from Rahway has waived his first court appearance.

Roberto Grillo was supposed see a judge to face charges in the murder of Yolanda Vega, but under New Jersey state law a defendant does not necessarily have to appear.

Grillo's public defender, who was assigned to him just minutes before the hearing, told the judge Grillo wouldn't come, and that he didn't know why.

The judge is giving the attorney and Grillo time to meet, and will reschedule the hearing. 

Vega was found strangled in her Beacon Street home in Rahway on Dec. 7. Police say Grillo knew Vega and her family.

Grillo was charged in her murder a little more than a week later. He was already in the Union County jail after he was arrested by Linden police for allegedly trespassing at the Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery on the night of Vega’s murder.

If convicted of the murder, Grillo could face 30 years to life in prison.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Here is the latest weather forecast in your 1 Westchester Evening Weather, 4-23
The trailer is filled with artifacts and videos 2 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit stops in in Mahwah
Here is the latest weather forecast in your 3 Westchester Weather Forecast
A Rockaway Township police officer is facing charges 4 Morris County officer faces sexual assault charges
A 600-year-old white oak that sits on the 5 600-year-old tree to be removed in Bernards

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Roberto Grillo was charged in the death of Man charged in death of Rahway mother

Police have made an arrest in the murder of a Rahway mother.

Rahway resident Yolanda Vega was found murdered insider Woman found murdered in Rahway home

A woman was found murdered insider her Rahway home. Yolanda Vega, 35, was found dead

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