Authorities in New Jersey have charged a man in the murder of a 22-year-old college student who was discovered beaten to death in the yard of an off-campus Rutgers house last month.
He was already in Middlesex County Jail when prosecutors hit him with murder charges, Acting Middlesex County D.A. Andrew Carey said.
The Star-Ledger reported Friday's bust was for aggravated assault stemming from an incident in New Brunswick earlier this month.
McCaw, who grew up in Hillsborough before his family moved Tennessee, went to Rutgers for three years before transferring to Kean University in Union for his senior year.
Authorities said he often returned to New Brunswick to visit old Rutgers pals, and was out at a frat party on Feb. 14 when he was attacked sometime after midnight.
His battered body was found outside a house on Hartwell St. at around 10:30 a.m. the next day.McCaw had been partying with old Rutgers pals on the night of his death. Authorities said he and his alleged attacker, Timothy Puskas, did not know each other.
McCaw also didn't know the Rutgers students whose property he was found on, Carey said.
Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz set Puskas' bail at $5 million, the prosecutors said.
"There have been many dedicated individuals who have worked tirelessly and diligently to solve this brutal crime," Carey said in a statement.
"I hope that the family and friends of William McCaw have at least some sense of relief knowing that the murderer has been charged and is behind bars."
The hit-and-run killing occurred on Jan. 25 2012 as Puskas and a pal were driving on George Rd. toward North Brunswick, the Star-Ledger reported.
Puskas was behind the wheel of his black 1998 Toyota 4Runner when crossed into oncoming traffic at around 10:53 p.m. and struck bicyclist Leonel Hernandez, a 26-year-old father-of-two who was biking home from his janitor job at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Puskas fled the scene, but was arrested a few days later hiding out in an apartment complex in nearby Bound Brook.
He had been freed on $100,000 bail, and was set to go on trial for aggravated manslaughter in June, the Star-Ledger reported.Related Stories 22-year-old Kean University student found beaten to death in New Brunswick