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MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi announced today that a Marcilo Gacutan

Mount Laurel man was indicted for homicide by a Burlington County Grand jury for causing the death of his mother in last year.

The Grand Jury today returned an indictment of Aggravated Manslaughter against Marcilo Gacutan, age 46, of 545 Hartford Road in Mount Laurel. An arraignment will be scheduled soon in Superior

Court. Gacutan remains lodged in the Burlington County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Gacutan was charged with Simple Assault on October 4, 2014 after police were called to the home

that he shared with his mother, Shirley Gacutan. According to the investigation, Mrs. Gacutan, age

66, said her son had thrown her to the ground and choked her with his hands following an argument.

She refused medical treatment at that time, but went to a hospital the next day for head pain and

underwent surgery for a brain hemorrhage.

Following surgery, Mrs. Gacutan entered into a coma, was placed on a ventilator and listed in critical

condition. Because of his mother’s worsened condition, the charge against Marcilo Gacutan was

upgraded to Aggravated Assault on October 7, 2014. Mrs. Gacutan was subsequently removed from

the ventilator and a tracheotomy was performed to assist her with breathing.

Shirley Gacutan died November 13, 2014 from a tracheal hemorrhage. An autopsy performed by

Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood determined that her death was due to the original

injury sustained during the assault and ruled the death a homicide.

The investigation was conducted by detectives from the Mount Laurel Police Department and the

Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.

All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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