County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief William Volkert of the Old Bridge
Police Department said an Old Bridge woman has been charged with the aggravated
sexual assault and murder of a 70-year-old township woman.
Beckert, 40, of Old Bridge was arrested and charged today with first degree murder,
aggravated sexual assault in the first degree, and possession of a weapon for
an unlawful purpose in the second degree in the murder of Joann Cullinan, 70,
of Old Bridge.
responded to the Glenwood Apartments after they were alerted that the victim
was found deceased in her home. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
results of an autopsy are pending by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s
Office to determine the exact cause of death.
is currently being held in the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center
pending her initial court appearance scheduled for tomorrow in New Brunswick
investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to
call Detective Michael Cronin of the Old Bridge Police Department at (732) 721-5600,
or Detective Erik Larsen of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732)
is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Beckert are
merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.