Jury finds Prall guilty of killing brother with firebomb

TRENTON – A jury has found Tormu Prall guilty of all the charges stemming from the arson murder of his brother, John Prall, and the near killing of Kim Meadows in September of 2007. The jury deliberated for two hours, not counting an hour for lunch, before returning with the verdict at 2:45 p.m. Meadows, … Read more →

Prall may testify, but judge issues warning about withheld evidence

TRENTON — Tormu Prall’s lawyer said he might take the stand in his own defense against charges he burned his sleeping brother to death in their Wayne Avenue home in 2007. But if he does, the judge warned, the jury will hear that he admitted to a city detective he was inside the house when … Read more →

Detective: Accused firebomb killer’s hands scarred by burns

A detective said Tormu Prall’s hands were clearly scarred by burns when he was arrested after 13 months on the run from charges he torched the family home on Wayne Avenue, killing his brother. Lt. Edgar Rios, the detective, said he ordered pictures taken of Prall hands as soon as he saw them on Oct. … Read more →

Prall trial: Victim’s lover bursts into tears on stand

Slain John Prall’s longtime lover broke into tears Wednesday as she testified about seeing his Wayne Avenue house in flames less than 24 hours after the victim’s brother allegedly threatened to kill him and her. Jeneya Richardson, 40, who had three children with the victim, said the blaze occurred soon after she and the kids … Read more →

Witnesses: Prall planned to burn his brother alive

TRENTON — Two more witnesses added to the circumstantial evidence against suspected brother killer Tormu Prall yesterday, both testifying to hearing him make death threats. Ex-girlfriend Jessie Harley testified that Prall told her “Cain killed Abel” and said he was going to kill his brother, John Prall. She also said she refused to take him … Read more →

Victim’s girlfriend testifies in Tormu Prall trial

Kim Meadows, with burns over 40 precent of her body, took the stand Friday morning and began testifying tearfully that Tormu Prall repeatedly threatened to kill his own brother John Prall, who burned to death hours later in a firebombing. “You’re food,” Meadows said the suspected arson killer told John, 40, over and over, explaining … Read more →

Prosecutors cast Prall as ‘Cain’ in trial opening for 2007 murder

TRENTON — “Cain killed Abel, and I’m going to kill my brother.” A prosecutor on Thursday accused Tormu Prall of making this vow to a friend hours before he allegedly set fire to the sibling’s house, burning him alive. In the days leading up to the arson-murder on Jan. 25, 2007, Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor … Read more →

Prall protests nearly all-white jury to no avail

TRENTON — Tormu Prall’s lawyer played the race card Wednesday when a jury with only one black person was selected for his arson-murder trial. Defense lawyer Michael Dawson called for their dismissal after Mercer County Superior Court Judge Andrew Smithson told the six men and eight women — all but one white — he’d swear … Read more →

Judge thins jury pool for Prall murder trial

TRENTON – A third group of 70 prospective jurors is being brought before a Superior Court judge this afternoon to determine how many of them are qualified to face questioning about serving at the trial of suspected brother killer Tormu Prall. From 69 brought in on Monday, Mercer Superior Court Judge Andrew Smithson gleaned 22 … Read more →

Tormu Prall

Convicted by jury in the Sept. 25, 2007 death of John Prall.