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Son accused of stabbing, killing father and another person before setting house on fire in cover up attempt

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Chris Sheldon
NJ Advance Media Group, Edison, N.J.

The 21-year-old son of a Jamesburg man who was found dead Wednesday in a house fire was arrested and charged with killing his father and another person, and intentionally starting the blaze, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday.

Jaree D. Kitchen, of Jamesburg was charged with two counts of murder after investigators found stab wounds on both his father, Clifford Kitchen, 53, and another unidentified person found dead in the home, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office.

Jaree Kitchen was also charged with aggravated arson, hindering his own prosecution, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and destroying physical evidence, according a a statement from the prosecutor’s office.



The fire broke out at the Sheridan Street home around 3:30 a.m. and the bodies of Clifford Kitchen and the other person were found inside shortly thereafter, officials said.

Jaree Kitchen was arrested the same day but was not charged until Friday following the discovery of the stab wounds on the bodies of victims by the Middlesex County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office and the manner of their deaths being ruled homicides, prosecutors said.

He was being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center pending a detention hearing that was scheduled for Nov. 13.

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