Wednesday, November 28, 2012
ELIZABETH — A Plainfield man found unconscious in a detached garage on his property a little more than two weeks ago has been charged with murdering his wife, who was found shot to death inside their home, authorities said Wednesday.
Stephen C. Sutton was released from the hospital Tuesday and transported to Union County Jail’s medical unit, where he was being held on $1 million bail, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
It was about 4 p.m. on Nov. 12 when police rushed to Plainfield’s Martine Avenue — a peaceful, tree-lined residential street boasting rows of beautiful historic homes near the city’s Sleepy Hollow section — to find Sutton’s 56-year-old wife Jane dead of an apparent gunshot wound. Moments later Sutton was found in his garage and rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Authorities continue to decline to discuss how Sutton was rendered unconscious.
Investigators initially did not identify the suspect or the victim in the case, but neighbors said Sutton and his wife had lived in their home for more than 20 years. The 1916 property last was sold in 1983, according to online tax records.
Little publicly available information about the couple has surfaced in recent weeks beyond online obituaries indicating that their mothers died about six months apart in 2010 and 2011. Neighbors described themselves as being friendly with the pair, but none interviewed by the Courier News said they spoke with the Suttons regularly.
Sutton as of two weeks ago was listed online as a Century 21 Realtor working in Bridgewater, but the Web page outlining his experience and areas of expertise appears to have been scrubbed from his office’s website.