BELVIDERE — A 50-year-old Washington Township man accused of brutally murdering his parents with a baseball bat and knife last fall was arraigned on a 15-count indictment Tuesday.
Todd Warner, who is facing two first-degree murder charges, was indicted by a Warren County grand jury on Jan. 27, but his arraignment was adjourned to Tuesday. Warner appeared with his attorney, Carrolyn Fiorino, where he pleaded not guilty.
Warner consented to his detention in November, days after he was arrested in the slayings of his 73-year-old parents, Frank and Joyanne Warner, at their Peregrine Drive home they shared with their son, police said.
While a plea offer has not been publicly discussed, talks of a possible resolution is ongoing before the case heads to trial.
Following his arrest, police say Warner confessed to bludgeoning his parents with baseball bats, stabbing them with kitchen knives and using plastic bags in an attempt to suffocate them.
Todd Warner was at the Wind Creek Casino in Bethlehem, Pa., roughly eight hours before his parents were found dead inside their home by their daughter, authorities said. The next day, he was taken into custody while playing a round of blackjack at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pa.
Frank and Joyanne Warner were high school sweethearts in Bound Brook and married for 52 years. They were set to retire at the end of December from their business, Frank Anthony Salon, in Chester.
Warner is facing up to life in prison if convicted.
He is expected to appear back in court tentatively on March 27.
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