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Mother, Son Indicted For Cold Case Murders In Long Branch

Ted Connors and Delores Morgan
Ted Connors and Delores Morgan Photo Credit: Palm Beach Sheriff's Office

A Monmouth County Grand Jury has returned an indictment charging a mother and her son in two separate murders that remained unsolved for 25 years, authorities said.

Last month, Dolores (Connors) Morgan, 66, and her son, Ted Connors, 47, both of Del Ray Beach, Florida, were each charged with two separate counts of first-degree murder related to the deaths of Ana Mejia and Nicholas Connors, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said.

Nicholas Connors was the husband of Delores (Connors) Morgan and adoptive father of Ted Connors.

On Wednesday, a Monmouth County Grand Jury returned a multi-count indictment against the pair, charging them with both murders, Gramiccioni said.

If convicted of murder, Delores Morgan and Ted Connors each face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Additional evidence recently uncovered by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Cold Case Unit and the Long Branch Police Department resulted in the arrest of both defendants, Gramiccioni said.

On Dec. 8, 1994, Ana F. Mejia, 24, was discovered deceased and partially clothed inside a bedroom of the Prospect Street apartment she shared with her boyfriend and her two young children. 

Mejia had been stabbed multiple times and had a white powdery substance rubbed on her face when she was found, police said. Her children were found safe within the residence.

Six months later, on May 14, 1995, Long Branch police officers were dispatched to the Van Dyke Place home of Nicholas Connors, 51. There, authorities found Connors on a sofa, deceased after multiple gunshot wounds to the head, police said.

Ted Connors and Morgan are both currently being detained pending trial in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.

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