New Details Emerge After Woman Found Dead In NJ Trucker’s Rig
By Clarissa Hawes of FreightWaves
A new report is offering more details about what led investigators to file murder charges against a New Jersey truck driver after a woman was found dead on the floorboard of his tractor-trailer in Maryland.
Matthew Sidney Watley, 46, of Sicklerville, New Jersey, has been charged with first- and second-degree murder after Candice Thompson, 46, also of Sicklerville, reportedly was found dead in the cab of his truck at a Costco Distribution Center in Monrovia, Maryland.
The charging documents state that a detective with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office was able to positively identify Thompson with the assistance of the Winslow Township Police Department in Camden County, New Jersey, noting that their office had “a long history of domestic violence between Watley and Thompson.”
According to the charging documents, a truck driver parked at the distribution center told investigators that he heard Watley say, “Help me, help me,” and went over to see if he was OK. After climbing up on the running boards on the driver’s side of the silver Freightliner Cascadia Watley was driving, the witness reportedly saw blood on the center of the dash and Watley lying down between the seats.
The driver told investigators that he heard a sound that made him think that Watley was cutting or stabbing himself and that he jumped down and drove to the guard station at Costco to notify security that Watley was possibly “having a medical issue or trauma.”
Deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland reportedly used stop sticks, pepper spray and then a Taser to subdue Watley after they were called to conduct a wellness check at his truck around 1:30 a.m. Sept. 24.
Charging documents claim deputies attempted to talk to Watley several times but that he refused to answer and was incoherent when speaking. He also refused deputies’ demands to put his vehicle in park and shut the vehicle off and “would rev the engine of the tractor-trailer.”
Watley’s tires slowly began to lose air after he attempted to drive out of the gate and into the Costco parking lot.
Deputies were able to eventually arrest Watley. The charging document states a deputy found Thompson’s body lying face down in the cab of the truck between the driver’s and passenger’s seats and observed “two large gashes that were close together on her back.” More wounds were found later on her back, right hand and face. Thompson’s cause of death has not been released.
A claw hammer and two folding-style knives were located next to the driver’s side door of Watley’s truck, according to the report.
Trucking company owner speaks out
Parminder Singh, owner of PAA Trucking LLC, of Westville, New Jersey, said Watley had worked for him for nearly six months prior to his arrest. He added that Watley had worked for him previously, about two years ago.
“He had an accident and damaged one of my trailers. He had gone on a low bridge and hit it — and I had to fire him,” Singh told FreightWaves. “He kept calling me to come back, to give him back his job.”
Singh said he’s unclear why Watley was at the Costco Distribution Center in Monrovia, stating he was supposed to deliver a load of pineapples to Del Monte Fresh Produce in Jessup, Maryland, about 50 miles away.
“I don’t know why he drove to Costco — he was supposed to be in Jessup,” Singh said. “This has really messed me up. It’s been a bad thing for my company.”
Singh said he met with Watley about 12 hours prior to his arrest to collect paperwork and hand him his paycheck and the new paperwork for the Del Monte load, which had to be delivered by 11 p.m. Sept. 23.
“It was raining so he [Watley] got out of the truck and walked over to my pickup truck and we talked there,” Singh said.
He said that what stands out from Singh’s conversation with Watley was that the driver asked if he could go home first to take a shower and do laundry before delivering the load of pineapples.
Singh said Watley told him he was staying at his mother’s home in Sicklerville.
Singh said he tried calling and texting Watley around 11:30 p.m. but he didn’t answer. Singh also said Watley’s GPS tracking system had been turned off or wasn’t working.
Singh said he received a call from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office about 2:30 a.m. Sept. 24 that Watley had been arrested.
Watley’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 24. He is being held without bond after waiving his right to a bond hearing, according to Jacqueline Rottmann, communications specialist for the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Mon, 10/02/2023 – 21:40
Seattle Seahawks star Jamal Adams’ return to the football field lasted one possession as he took a knee to the head and was diagnosed with a concussion.
Adams was making his return to the field against the New York Giants after being away for 13 months as he recovered from a torn quad tendon he suffered in Week 1 last year. But on the first possession, he suffered the injury and was ruled out for the rest of the game.
The safety’s frustration boiled over on the sideline, and he appeared to direct his ire toward the independent neurologist who checks players for a concussion. Adams was being held back by some of the Seahawks’ personnel, and then he was taken back to the locker room.
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Adams was in the game for a total of nine snaps.
Seattle acquired Adams from the New York Jets in a blockbuster trade before the start of the 2020 season. Adams was coming off his first All-Pro season and second Pro Bowl season. He made the Pro Bowl in his first season in Seattle after only playing 12 games.
Adams played in 12 games for the Seahawks in 2021, and then he suffered the devastating injury in 2022.
In 25 career games with Seattle, Adams has 173 tackles, nine passes defended, 9.5 sacks and two interceptions.
Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith — who formerly played for the Jets and Giants — got hurt in the second quarter of Monday night’s game at the Giants.
Hannah Lees paced Mountain Lakes with one goal and one assist in its 2-1 win over Mendham in Mendham.
More than 100 dolphins have died in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest in the past week as the region grapples with a severe drought, and many more could die soon if water temperatures remain high, experts say.
Fiona Farrell scored twice to lead St. Elizabeth in a 6-0 win over Morris Hills, in Convent Station.
Scarlett Claps also scored twice for St. Elizabeth (6-0-1), while Ella Delatush tallied a goal and three assists.
Sarah Salameh scored twice as Warren Hills, No. 9 in the NJ.com Top 20, blanked Bridgewater-Raritan 4-0 in Washington Township.
Devin Conway’s two goal and an assist powered Mount Olive to a 4-0 victory over Pope John in Flanders.
FOX News host Laura Ingraham decries the case against former President Donald Trump on “The Ingraham Angle.”
LAURA INGRAHAM: Now, you may have heard that there is a legal case playing out in New York involving the GOP presidential front-runner, but the real fraud here doesn’t involve overvaluing assets. The real fraud is what we witnessed from New York officials in that courtroom today, where right off the bat, the presiding judge, Democrat Arthur Engoron allowed cameras into the courtroom for just long enough for them to capture his feigned surprise and up close his beaming smile.
It was weird. And then the fraudulent display continued outside the courtroom when New York Attorney General Letitia James tried to publicly cleanse herself of the appearance of bias.
Well, what we’re seeing occur in real time is a rampant abuse of official authority in order to advance a political vendetta and with Ms. James, this was evident way back in 2018.
The woman is just another vicious partisan hack trying to compensate for her lack of talent with an abundance of political vitriol…. Now, this entire trial is a fraud because to Ms. James, Trump is just a political stepping stone, first from obscurity to AG, and if she gets a conviction, from AG to the governor’s mansion or of the U.S. Senate even.
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The N.J. High School Sports newsletter is now appearing in mailboxes 5 days a week. Sign up now!Roni Niemeyer scored twice in Koinonia’s 4-0 win over Ranney in Tinton Falls.
Leala Temple and Lucy Torkelson also scored for Koinonia (3-4).