New Jersey

Father Finds Son's Shot Body Inside Burlington County Home

A man's father found his son's body inside the South Jersey home where the victim operated a business.

Thomas Wright II would have turned 50 later this month but instead wound up shot multiple times in the neck and head during an apparent robbery in his Tabernacle, New Jersey home, said the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.

Wright's father went to his son's Patty Bowker Road home around 4:30 p.m. Friday and found his son unresponsive on the floor.

Wright operated Artisan Building Creations out of the home and he failed to show up at a job site prompting his family to check on him, said prosecutors.

Investigators charged Wright's former employee, Pemberton's David Stead, with first-degree murder, robbery and related charges, said prosecutors.

Stead went to Wright's home with the intention of robbing his former boss but during the process wound up shooting him multiple times before leaving with a small amount of cash and the stolen truck, which turned up Sunday about a mile away, said investigators.

Stead was held in county jail on $1 million bail. It wasn't clear if he has a lawyer at this point.

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