Jury finds guest guilty of murder of Jacqueline Terrulli
A Monmouth County jury found a 52-year-old man guilty of the 2019 murder of the woman who opened her home to him.
Ronald Teschner has been found guilty of murdering 65-year-old Jacqueline Terrulli and burning down her million-dollar home. Rescuers struggled to find his body, which was eventually dug up on his property months later.
Teschner was not in the courtroom when the verdict was read due to security concerns created by his disruptive behavior during the trial. He yelled at his attorney and claimed fake evidence was used by prosecutors.
The theft was a motive
Teschner was staying at a home owned by Terrulli on Wickapecko Drive in Ocean Township when prosecutors said he set the house on fire Sept. 12 and drove off in his Jeep, leaving neighbors to call 911. D he other parents living at home were on vacation at the time.
Prosecutors said Teschner – whom the victim had known as a handyman who needed a helping hand – tried to rob Terrulli on the day of the fire. When she caught him in the act, he killed her and then used nail polish remover to set her house on fire.
Teschner has been in custody since his arrest the next day in Paterson, where he was found inside Terrulli’s Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle was filled with various items that belonged to Terrulli, including two shotguns, prosecutors said.
Teschner was already a former convict whose criminal history includes convictions for theft, burglary and assault.
Terrulli not found for almost a year
The victim’s remains were found on the property in June 2020 by workers demolishing the house.
Teschner was later charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder, second-degree disturbing human remains, first-degree robbery, second-degree aggravated arson, and three counts of robbery.
The jury also found Teschner guilty of burglary, aggravated assault on two firefighters for injuries sustained while responding to the blaze, possession of a controlled hazardous substance and two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and firearm. ‘a leader resisting arrest, according to Asbury Park Press’ verdict coverage.
Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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