BERLIN, NJ--Timothy Canfield, of Berlin, 31, was found guilty by a jury of Aggravated Manslaughter, three counts of Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose on April 24, 2019.
At the trial, Assistant Prosecutors Lauren Pratter and Brian Scanlon presented evidence and witness testimony that proved Canfield shot and killed Kereti Paulsen, 25, with a compound bow and arrow and then attempted to conceal his involvement in the homicide. The incident occurred as Kereti Paulsen was walking away from North Brill Avenue in Berlin Borough after a verbal altercation with a group of people, including some of the residents of North Brill Avenue. Witnesses testified that after the verbal altercation, Canfield went into the residence and retrieved his compound bow and quiver containing several arrows.
Canfield went back outside the residence and shot the victim in the rear driveway of the residence. Evidence revealed that after the defendant shot Mr. Paulsen, he called 9-1-1 pretending to be the victim, provided false information to police about his involvement in the homicide, and concealed evidence by hiding the compound bow and arrows in a wooded area in Winslow Township. The defendant asserted a claim of self-defense at trial. Prosecutors presented evidence including expert testimony which contradicted defendant’s claim. The jury rejected defendant’s claim finding defendant guilty of Aggravated Manslaughter.
Canfield is scheduled for sentencing on May 16, 2019, before the Honorable David Ragonese, J.S.C. Mr. Canfield is scheduled for sentencing on Monday, June 10, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. before the Honorable David Ragonese, J.S.C. He was originaly scheduled to be sentenced today, May 10.
He faces the possibility of a maximum sentence of 55 years in State prison.
Released Friday, May 10, 2019.