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Man arrested in killing of his estranged wife after two-week manhunt

By Stephen Feller
Man arrested in killing of his estranged wife after two-week manhunt
Jeremiah Monell was caught near a wooded area in Folsom, New Jersey, after a two-week manhunt following the stabbing death of his estranged wife. Monell, who is being held on $1 million bail, is accused of violating a restraining order and stabbing his wife to death at her house during a domestic dispute while their children were in the home. Photo by New Jersey State Police

FOLSOM, N.J., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A man accused of stabbing his ex-wife in front of their children was arrested Monday by New Jersey police after a two-week manhunt.

Jeremiah Monell was caught by police in a wooded area two weeks after his estranged wife was stabbed to death in her home Dec. 18, a crime he has been wanted by police in connection with since the day after she was killed.

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Police say Monell violated a restraining order when he allegedly showed up Tara O'Shea-Watson's home the night of Dec. 18, getting into some type of domestic dispute that ended with her stabbing.

O'Shea-Watson was found by police the morning of Dec. 19 after her 12-year-old son -- who was home at the time of her death with his 4-year-old sister -- discovered her body and went to a neighbor's home for help, according to the 911 call that morning.

The day after O'Shea-Watson died, police say they found Monell's pickup ditched beside the road and launched a manhunt for him. Monell was found Monday after police received a tip that he'd been spotted in Folsom, and police eventually found him in a wooded area.

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Monell is charged with the murder of O'Shea-Watson, as well as violating a restraining order and other weapons offenses. After his arrest, police took him to a hospital for an evaluation and then took him to jail, where he remains on a $1 million bond.

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