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Grand jury indicts NJ teen in New Year’s Eve deaths of parents, sister, friend

Funeral held for Long Branch family killed in New Year’s Eve shooting
Posted at 5:54 PM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 17:57:58-05

FREEHOLD, N.J. — A grand jury has returned an indictment against a teenager charged earlier in the shooting deaths of his parents, sister and a family friend two years ago in a New Jersey shore town, prosecutors said Monday.

Monmouth County prosecutors said now-18-year-old Scott Kologi is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and a weapons offense.

He was 16 at the time of the Long Branch slayings on the last day of 2017. A judge last year approved moving the case to adult court.

Steven Kologi, 44, and his wife Linda Kologi, 42, as well as their daughter, Brittany Kologi, 18, were all killed. Mary Schultz, 70, a family friend was also murdered.

Defense attorney Richard Lomurro said a not guilty plea will be entered at the Jan. 27 arraignment.

The semi-automatic rifle the teen allegedly used to kill his family was legally owned and registered to someone in the home.