Accused Killer Claimed Wife's Wounds Were Self-Inflicted, Prosecutor Says
Bail for Parsippany resident, a suspected illegal immigrant, remains at $1 million, judge orders.
Bail remains at $1 million for a Parsippany man accused of stabbing his wife to death at a Lake Hiawatha restaurant Friday in an incident that has stunned the community.
In Morris County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Stuart Minkowitz maintained the bail initially set for Jiu Jian Zheng, 42.
Zheng has been charged with first-degree murder, fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. The charges carry a potential life sentence in prison.
Zheng told police when he was arrested Friday night that his wife's stab wounds were self-inflicted, Assistant Prosecutor John McNamara Jr. told the judge Wednesday.
McNamara said the number and position of Lin's wounds make Zheng's statement "an anatomical impossibility."
The judge called Zheng a "flight risk to the extreme," citing his status as a Chinese national, meaning China could call for him to be sent back to his home country and out of New Jersey courts' jurisdiction.
McNamara informed the judge that Zheng may be in the country illegally. He said while Zheng claimed to live in an apartment adjacent to Kazumi Sushi restaurant at 81 N. Beverwyck Road, his driver's license indicated an address in Kings County, New York.
He added that the birth date on the license differs from the one the prosecutor's office has on record for Zheng.
The assistant prosecutor recounted that authorities responded to Kazumi Sushi Friday night after receiving a 911 call.
Lin's body was found in the restaurant's kitchen and Zheng was apprehended at the scene, McNamara said.
Morris County Deputy Medical Examiner Carlos Fonseca determined Lin's death was a homicide, saying she suffered significant blood loss from multiple stab wounds, the prosecutor's office said.
Wounds were found on the defendant's hands "consistent with stabbing," according to McNamara, who added that forensic evidence clearly points to Zheng.
"We have overwhelming proofs of culpability," he told the judge.
McNamara added that the alleged murder weapon, a knife, was found hidden in the restaurant.
Because of Zheng's status as a Chinese national and treaty requirements, McNamara said the Chinese Embassy has been notified of the matter.
According to McNamara, Lin was a part-owner of Kazumi Sushi. Zheng was not an owner.
Zheng, thin and expressionless in a yellow jumpsuit and wrist and ankle chains, spoke Mandarin. Through interpreter Robert Hsu, the defendant said he is indigent and would apply for a public defender to represent him in court.
McNamara said the couple's two children are in protective custody and in the care of the Department of Youth and Family Services. He stated that the case involving the children is separate from and unrelated to the murder case.
The judge scheduled a status conference for Oct. 31.