A second man has been charged in connection with a home invasion and murder at a Jackson Mills Road residence in Freehold Township last year.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office announced 48-year-old Jeffrey Mayhue was arrested Wednesday on murder, robbery, aggravated arson and conspiracy and weapons charges in connection with the death of Michael Conway, 42, in a July 31, 2011 incident. In October, and charged with murder, robbery, and arson, according to court documents.
Prosecutors contend Mayhue and Busby entered the Jackson Mills Road home Conway shared with his girlfriend, according to the press release. The pair were allegedly armed with a handgun and killed Conway before setting fire to the home, according to press release. Prosecutors said Conway’s girlfriend was able to escape the burning home through a window and ran to a neighbor’s house.
Freehold Township police and firefighters from Freehold Township Independent Fire Co. #1 responded to a 911 call placed from the neighbor’s home at 6 a.m. During the course of extinguishing the blaze, firefighters realized there was an individual inside the home.
The arrests of Mayhue and Busby came following a joint investigation by the Freehold Township Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Bureau. Both men are former Neptune residents with last known addresses in Newark, according to the press release.
Mayhue and Busby are incarcerated in Monmouth County Correctional Institution on $1.5 million bail, with no option to post 10 percent of the bail amount.