East Brunswick Man Charged With Murder; Beat Victim With Baseball Bat

June 20, 2021

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police Department announced yesterday that a man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a male who was known to him.

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

On June 19, 2021, 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. 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 attacked the victim with a baseball bat.

Wright is presently lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center where he is being held pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Danese at (732) 390-6900 or Detective Tighe at (732) 745-3287.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Wright are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.