BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. – Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced on July 9, 2018 the arrest of Joseph Labosco of Staten Island, New York, on a charge of murder after the case went cold for 38 years. Labosco is 71 years old.
His prison stints are dating back to 1970, according to silive.com. In May 2018, Labosco was sentenced to two years in prison on a felony drug conviction.in NY state Supreme Court, St. George.
At the time of his arrest, Labosco was on lifetime supervised release resulting from a 1992 drug conviction in Brooklyn federal court in which he was also sentenced to 20 years in prison.
On October 1, 1980, the lifeless body of Wayne Eckhart, a resident of Manhattan, who was born in 1930, was found in a remote area off Teaneck Road in Teaneck, New Jersey. An investigation revealed that Wayne Eckhart had been shot to death. After an extensive investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Squad and the Teaneck Police Department, no arrests were made and the case went cold for 38 years.
The newly formed Cold Case Homicide Unit reopened the case in 2018 and identified Joseph Labosco as one of the suspects. After multiple interviews with witnesses and the submission of evidence to the New Jersey State Police Forensic Laboratory, Labosco was charged, with one count of murder, a 1st-degree crime. Labosco is in the custody of Manhattan Detention Center, a federal prison in Brooklyn, New York where he is serving a sentence for violating probation and drug-possession.
Labosco’s first appearance in New Jersey has not been scheduled but will be announced once it is confirmed.
The other suspect was identified as George King (DOB: 7/24/1931) of New York, New York, who died on June 30, 2007.
Bergen County Acting Prosecutor Calo states that this charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Calo also thanked the Teaneck Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.