Jersey City man stabs wife to death

A 59-year-old Jersey City man is in custody, charged with killing his wife in the early morning hours on Wednesday, according to police.

Milagros Rodriguez De Morel was stabbed at 36 Duncan Avenue, where officers found her unresponsive in the hallway outside one of the apartments.

The 38-year-old was pronounced dead a short time later and her husband, Jose Morel, was arrested by Jersey City Police at the scene.

According to the Jersey Journal, the victim’s teenage son witnessed the attack and tried to defend his mother. Officers say a child was present and “placed at risk by the offense.”

And a cleaning crew told the paper they removed “a lot, a lot, of blood.”

Morel has been charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Morel’s first court appearance was Thursday, when Assistant Prosecutor Leo Rinaldi motioned to have him detained in the Hudson County Jail before trial. He remained quiet during his video conference from there, leaving his public defender in charge.

According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating the case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department.

If you have any information pertaining to this case, contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345.