NJ ‘Lunch Break’ Killer Admits Harassment, Murder, Cover Conspiracy

A man accused of murdering a co-worker in his Plainsboro home and then planning another murder in prison has admitted to those crimes, while sharing what happened in the victim’s final moments and the efforts what he was willing to do to avoid conviction.

Kenneth Saal, 33, appeared before Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Carolyn Byington, 26, as well as second-degree burglary and harassment in the fourth degree.

In court, Saal said that in April 2019 he copied Byington’s house key while she was at work and used the key to enter her apartment on several days over the following months.

He had also planted hidden cameras to record the victim at her home and spy on her until she unexpectedly found Saal, then married and a new father, in her apartment on June 10, 2019.

Caught during the victim’s lunch break, Saal brutally killed her and left her lifeless body for the police to eventually find.

Officers conducted a wellness check that evening at the request of Byington’s other colleagues at the Princeton firm, where Saal was an accountant.

Murder on account of prison

Saal also admitted that in an effort to derail his trial before a December start date, he tried to hire another inmate to carry out a ‘copycat murder’ to make it look like Byington’s real killer was n had not yet been arrested.

He even had a “plan B” to try to avoid his trial.

Saal also confessed to having alternate plans of having one of the two witnesses who would testify killed while framing them with a fake suicide note, claiming responsibility for the murder.

Under the terms of his plea deal, Saal faces 55 years in state prison, 85% of which he must serve before being eligible for parole.

The former Lindenwold resident is due to be sentenced on January 23, 2023.

Saal previously turned down a 30-year prison plea deal, before the murder-for-hire plot was uncovered by prosecutors, as reported by MyCentralJersey.com

Byington’s family established a memorial fund after his death to which donations were made to Weill Cornell Medicine’s Children’s Brain Tumor Project.

Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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