What there is to know
- 18-year-old NJ man who allegedly killed four family members in their home on December 31, 2017 will be charged as an adult
- Prosecutors said on Friday that Scott Kologi, who was 16 when the victims died, had been charged with four counts of first degree murder.
- The motive still remains a mystery; Kologi lawyer says he and his client will be in court on Wednesday to plead not guilty
The then 16-year-old New Jersey boy who allegedly shot dead his parents, sister and a family friend on New Years Eve two years ago – a heinous crime that has since confused investigators and the public – has been charged with four counts of first degree murder, prosecutors said on Friday.
Scott Kologi, now 18, will be charged as an adult in the Dec.31, 2017 murders of his mother, father, sister and family friend, which Monmouth County prosecutors called “grandmother” in a statement. The move comes after a judge granted prosecutors’ request earlier this week to move the Kologi case out of family court so that he can be prosecuted as an adult to the fullest extent of the law.
Kologi attorney Richard Lomurro told News 4 he and his client would appear in court on Wednesday to plead not guilty. Lomurro said Kologi’s legal team was disappointed the judge had accepted prosecutors’ request to withdraw the case from juvenile court, referring to a very contentious process that included expert reports and “extensive testimony. “. But, he added, the judge’s ruling was not unusual, given that he was a 16-year-old accused of a violent crime.
Kologi, of Long Branch, faces a minimum 30-year state prison sentence without parole for each of the four counts of first degree murder.
He allegedly shot the four victims – Steven and Linda Kologi, 44 and 42 respectively, Brittany Kologi, 18, and Mary Schultz, 70, who lived in the house, on several occasions just before the Times Square balloon hit. falls to ring in 2018. No possible motive has ever been revealed.
Prosecutors initially said Kologi would have gone from room to room to locate his victims. A brother, a grandfather and another family friend heard the gunshots and fled. They escaped unscathed.
Prosecutors said the semi-automatic rifle used in the murders legally belonged to someone in the house, but provided no further details.