East Brunswick man allegedly kills fellow township resident with baseball bat


EAST BRUNSWICK – A township man has been charged with the murder of a male who was known to him by using a baseball bat.

Curtis Wright, 57, of East Brunswick, has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

On June 19 at approximately 6:49 a.m., authorities responded to a residence on Main Avenue following the report of an unconscious male. Upon their arrival, authorities located Howard Smith, 53, of East Brunswick, who showed signs of blunt force trauma, according to information provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police Department.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation by Detective Alex Danese of the East Brunswick Police Department and Detective Ryan Tighe of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined Wright allegedly attacked the victim with a baseball bat, according to the statement.

Wright was lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center where he was being held pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court, as of press time.

Anyone with information should call Danese at 732-390-6900 or Tighe at 732-745-3287.