Regional Desk – A Camden County, New Jersey Jury has returned a guilty verdict against a Salem City man in connection with the July 2010 murder of a Camden City woman.
Officials said on February 15, 2023, a jury convicted Timothy Simon, 54, of 1st-degree Murder, in the death of 31-year-old Lawanda Strickland of Camden City.
On July 10, 2010, officers from the Camden City Police Department and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the 900 block of Jackson Street in Camden City for a report of a deceased female in her residence, identified as the victim Strickland. Simon, who was Strickland’s boyfriend at that time, called 9-1-1 to report that Strickland was deceased.
An autopsy determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the neck and the manner of death was homicide.
Over the next five years, a thorough multi-state investigation was conducted by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, the Camden County Police Department, and the Houston (Texas) Police Department, involving cell phone data, DNA evidence, crime scene processing, and numerous interviews.
In December 2015, Simon was charged with Strickland’s murder and was subsequently arrested in Houston, Texas. In 2016, Simon was extradited back to New Jersey. A 10-week trial, beginning on December 6, 2022, resulted in Simon’s conviction for Strickland’s murder.
Following the guilty verdict, Simon was remanded to the custody of the Camden County Correctional Facility pending sentencing. Simon is scheduled to be sentenced on April 6, 2023.