Suspect charged in N.J. bow and arrow murder, authorities say

People stand outside the house at 10 N. Brill Ave. in Berlin, NJ, on Monday, Jan. 29, 2013 where a person was reported to have been fatally shot with a bow and arrow on Monday (Jan. 28) night. Photo / Curt Hudson
People stand outside the house at 10 N. Brill Ave. in Berlin, NJ, on Monday, Jan. 29, 2013 where a person was reported to have been fatally shot with a bow and arrow on Monday (Jan. 28) night. Photo / Curt Hudson
Posted: January 29, 2013

A 25-year-old man shot another young man in the stomach with an arrow in the backyard of a Berlin, N.J., home Monday night following a fistfight and the man shot eventually died, authorities said Tuesday.

Timothy Canfield, who lives in the house on the first block of North Brill Avenue where the alleged shooting took place, has been charged with murder in the death of Kereti Paulson, of Cape May Court House.

A fistfight between Paulson and an unidentified person took place immediately before the arrow attack, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.

After the fistfight sometime between 10 and 10:45 p.m., everyone except Paulson went back into the house. Canfield then allegedly re-emerged with a bow and arrow, shooting Paulson once in the stomach, authorities said. Paulson was found by police on the ground in the backyard. He died at a nearby hospital and an autopsy Tuesday revealed the arrow struck an iliac vein in his pelvis.

The prosecutor's office said Canfield admitted to driving to a wooded area in Winslow Township and disposing of a quiver of arrows and a compound bow there.


Contact Brian X. McCrone at 215-854-2267 or bmccrone@philly.com. Follow @brianxmccrone on Twitter.

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