Former Drill Sergeant Arraigned in Slaying of Army Payroll Clerk
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) _ A former Fort Dix drill sergeant, already accused in the murder of a family of three in North Carolina, was ordered held without bail Friday on federal murder charges in the killing of an Army payroll clerk.
U.S. District Judge Joseph Rodriguez set a Jan. 25 trial date for Earl Richmond Jr., 29, of Fayetteville, N.C. He pleaded innocent to the April 5, 1991, murder at Fort Dix of Army Spec. Lisa Ann Nadeau.
Nadeau, 24, of Plainfield, Conn., was found bound, beaten, stabbed and strangled in her Army base residence. She had also been sexually assaulted, authorities said. Her two young children were unhurt.
Richmond was stationed at Fort Dix from 1988 until he was administratively discharged from the Army for misconduct in fall 1990, base officials said. He remained at Fort Dix with friends after his discharge and returned to his hometown a month after Nadeau’s killing, base officials said.
Although charged first in the North Carolina slayings, Richmond will go on trial first in federal court in New Jersey. He faces life imprisonment and up to $250,000 in fines if convicted.
North Carolina prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty, and prosecutors believe a federal conviction would bolster that case, defense lawyer John Call said.
Authorities have refused to comment on a possible motive for Nadeau’s slaying. Military officials have said Richmond and the victim knew each other socially and both were assigned to the same company at Fort Dix but didn’t work together.
A day before he was identified as a suspect in the Nadeau slaying last April, Richmond was arrested in Fayetteville, N.C., in the November 1991 slaying of Helisa Stewart Hayes, 27, her 7-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.
Hayes was beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted, her daughter was strangled and her son was stabbed at least 25 times, authorities said.
In June, New Jersey State Police charged Richmond with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in Wrightstown. Last month, federal prosecutors announced that Richmond also is a suspect in a 1989 sexual assault of an Air Force trainee at Fort Dix. That disclosure led authorities to dismiss charges against a Cream Ridge man twice convicted in that case.