A Gloucester County jury on Thursday found a 34-year-old Woodbury man guilty of murder in the 2002 stabbing death of a 22-year-old Clarksboro woman.
Brian M. Mertz faces 30 years in prison without parole when he is sentenced in January for killing Jennifer Whipkey, the mother of a then 4-year-old girl. Whipkey had enlisted in the Air Force National Guard shortly before she died and wanted to be an air traffic controller, her family said.
Whipkey was stabbed and slashed more than 60 times, police said. Her body was found in a wooded area behind a West Deptford motel May 26, 2002.