A man accused of murder a colleague in her home in Plainsboro, then plan another murder prisoner admitted to these crimes, while sharing what happened in the victim’s final moments and the lengths he was willing to go to avoid a conviction.
Kenneth Saal, 33, appeared before Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Carolyn Byington, 26, as well as second-degree burglary and harassment in the fourth degree.
In court, Saal said that in April 2019 he copied Byington’s house key while she was at work and used the key to enter her apartment on several days over the following months.
He had also planted hidden cameras to record the victim at her home and spy on her until she unexpectedly found Saal, then married and a new father, in her apartment on June 10, 2019.
Caught during the victim’s lunch break, Saal brutally killed her and left her lifeless body for the police to eventually find.
Officers conducted a wellness check that evening at the request of Byington’s other colleagues at the Princeton firm, where Saal was an accountant.
Murder on account of prison
Saal also admitted that in an effort to derail his trial before a December start date, he tried to hire another inmate to carry out a ‘copycat murder’ to make it look like Byington’s real killer was n had not yet been arrested.
He even had a “plan B” to try to avoid his trial.
Saal also confessed to having alternate plans of having one of the two witnesses who would testify killed while framing them with a fake suicide note, claiming responsibility for the murder.
Under the terms of his plea deal, Saal faces 55 years in state prison, 85% of which he must serve before being eligible for parole.
The former Lindenwold resident is due to be sentenced on January 23, 2023.
Saal had previously turned down a 30-year prison plea deal, before the murder-for-hire plot was uncovered by prosecutors, as reported by MyCentralJersey.com
Byington’s family created a memorial fund after his death at which donations were made to the Children’s Brain Tumor Project of Weill Cornell Medicine.
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