7:10- p.m. - Essex County Prosecutor’s office has charged Felicia Williams with aggravated manslaughter, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon with unlawful intent. Bail is set at $250,0000 cash or bond, Williams was remanded to Essex County Correctional Facility. Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly says the office will not comment on whether or not there were any previous charges of domestic violence against Williams or the victim.
Update: Herbert Spriggs, 47, was pronounced dead at Mountainside Hospital, after being stabbed at his residence on Claremont Avenue. Police are detaining a person of interest who is being questioned.
Assistant Prosecutor Fennelly tells Baristanet that the stabbing occurred on the 2nd floor of 285 Claremont Avenue before 5 a.m. The victim drove himself to the emergency room at Mountainside Hospital. Police were contacted and went to the victim’s residence. The victim, who was pronounced dead at Mountainside at 6:35 a.m., is believed to have died as a result of the stabbing but cause of death will not be confirmed until after an autopsy. Essex County’s homicide task force and Montclair Police are investigating.
This is the second Montclair stabbing this month. Two people were stabbed in Upper Montclair earlier this month, after a disagreement, but neither victim was fatally injured.
Police have been stationed outside 285 Claremont Avenue in Montclair since early this morning and Montclair’s Deputy Chief Todd M. Conforti confirmed the residence is currently a closed crime scene. Earlier this morning, both a crime scene unit and Essex County prosecutor’s office (ECPO) were outside the house and police questioned neighbors, asking if they had heard or seen anything in the early hours of the morning. Neighbors who spoke with Baristanet said they had not heard anything, until the police came to the scene.
A tipster reports seeing police called to the same house sometime in the last few weeks; a neighbor also recalled seeing police and ambulance at the home recently. According to tax records, the home is owned by Herbert Spriggs. Neighbors confirmed that Spriggs lives at the residence, and that a woman had been living there with him. Other than his name, neighbors knew little about Spriggs.