WOODBURY NJ--James A. Stuart (DOB 11/25/83), of 262 Stanford Ave., Deptford NJ was indicted by a Gloucester County grand jury today (9/25) in connection with the fatal shooting on 1/5/13 of 27-year-old David Compton, of Woodbury NJ, in Stuart’s home.
Stuart was a Deptford Township police officer who was off-duty at the time of the shooting. He has since been suspended.
The four-count indictment charges Stuart with two counts of first-degree murder, the first alleging that he “did cause the death of David Compton,” and the second alleging that he “knowingly did cause the death of David Compton or knowingly did inflict serious bodily injury upon David Compton which resulted in the said David Compton’s death.” The grand jury also voted to charge Stuart with first-degree aggravated manslaughter and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Stuart will now be scheduled for a pre-arraignment conference to receive a copy of the charges and investigative reports on the incident.