MAYS LANDING-Calvin Wiggins is detained on charges of aggravated manslaughter for the death of a man after striking him during an incident on Nov. 2, 2017, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Wiggins, 24, was detained before Atlantic County Superior Judge John Rauh and is currently in the custody of the State Department of Corrections after a detention hearing on November 17, 2017.
Wiggins is charged with Aggravated Manslaughter for the death of John Charlton, 54, of Mays Landing after he struck him. Wiggins was initially charged with Aggravated Assault.
Hamilton Township Police responded to the scene on November 2, 2017, where Calvin Wiggins was involved in a domestic dispute on the Route 40 roadway near the intersection of Cantillion Blvd. It is believed Charlton exited his vehicle and yelled at Wiggins to stop assaulting a woman, when he was punched by Wiggins. Charlton subsequently fell to the ground and struck his head and he never regained consciousness.
Charlton had been hospitalized at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, since the Nov. 2 assault and he died on Sunday Nov. 12, as a result of the injuries sustained.
The investigation was handled by Hamilton Township Police Detective Craig Clayton.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy represents the state in the matter.
***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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