- Feb 25, 2013
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South Jersey man faces trial in Plainsboro co-worker's 2019 murder
More than three years after Carolyn Byington was found dead inside her Plainsboro apartment, her co-worker is set to stand trial.
More than three years after Carolyn Byington was found dead inside her Plainsboro apartment while on a lunch break from work, the man accused of her killing is set to stand trial.
Saal and Byington were co-workers at a Princeton area company. Byington was a 2011 graduate of Ridge High School who earned her bachelor’s degree at Lafayette College where she studied international affairs, anthropology and sociology.
On June 10, 2019, Byington, 26, was found dead inside her apartment after she had gone home on her lunch break. She died from numerous stabbings and blunt-force trauma, authorities said.
A police investigation determined Saal allegedly visited Byington's apartment several times before the day she was fatally stabbed.
Co-workers reported Saal’s demeanor changed after Byington’s death. He allegedly lied about where he was at the time Byington was on her lunch break, and he allegedly asked a co-worker if he could be arrested based on “circumstantial evidence.”
Police dash cam footage allegedly showed a vehicle matching Saal’s traveling in Plainsboro around 2 p.m. June 10, about 6 miles from the office where Saal and Byington worked.
In April, the Plainsboro Township Committee adopted an ordinance named for Byington requiring apartment managers to change door locks once a domestic violence victim obtains a restraining order against the assailant.
The ordinance sets fines for non-compliance of up to $1,000 for the first offense, $1,500 for the second offense and $2,000 for the third offense.