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Confession Deemed Admissible in Stone Murder Trial, Judge Says

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 • 12:00pm

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Superior Court Judge Robert Reed ruled that a statement made by David Granskie Jr. concerning the murder of Bridgewater resident Caroline Stone in 2009 will be admissible at his trial, according to a report on mycentraljersey.com.

According to the article, Granskie's statement was made to police two days after the Memorial Day weekend 2009 murder of 45-year-old Caroline Stone at his father's home in the Bradley Gardens section of Bridgewater.

Two days after the murder, Granskie told police that he helped plan the crime.

During pretrial hearings, the article said, Granskie said that he made a false confession because he was suffering from heroin withdrawal in the police interview. Reed said he weighed the testimony of Granskie's expert witness and the prosecution's expert witness, and reviewed recordings of him being questioned, before making his decision to admit the confession.

Granskie's trial will begin Sept. 3.

Two other defendants, Gary Wilson and Rocky DiTaranto, both of Bridgewater, have already pleaded guilty in connection with the case. Wilson pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 45 years in state prison, while DiTaranto pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated sexual asasult and was sentenced to five years.

According to the article, because DiTaranto had already been in jail for four years and five months awaiting trial, he was released when he pleaded guilty in October.

On Memorial Day weekend 2009, Wilson, DiTaranto and Granskie were attending a barbecue at the home where Stone lived with Granskie's father, and they became intoxicated. During the night, the men and Stone went into the backyard, and DiTaranto had sex with Stone, after which Wilson dropped a cinder block three times on her head to keep her quiet.

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