Judge keeps $1M bail for NJ man charged in firefighter’s death

A judge has refused to reduce the $1 million cash bail set for a man accused of killing a retired New York City Fire Department lieutenant found dead in his South Jersey home.

Conrad Sipa made his first appearance Monday before a judge in Ocean County.

The 52-year-old Colts Neck resident faces murder and weapons charges in the death of Richard Doody Jr., whose body was found on Nov. 23 at his home in Barnegat Light. Authorities had gone there after a family member reported they couldn’t contact Doody.

Sipa was arrested two days later.

An autopsy determined the 60-year-old victim suffered blunt force trauma to his head and slash wounds to his neck.

A motive for the attack remains under investigation.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.