Gilbert Newton Wiki – Gilbert Newton Biography
Gilbert Newton is a Philadelphia man who stared blankly and then bowed his head as a jury convicted him of charges he intentionally killed his ex-girlfriend during a brutal knife attack at the Meadowbrook Train Station in Abington.
He is 19 years old.
Morgan McCaffery Murder
He was convicted in Montgomery County Court on Wednesday of charges of first-degree murder, which is an intentional killing and possessing an instrument of crime in connection with the 8:15 a.m. July 27, 2020, fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Morgan Darlyn McCaffery as the pair met at a secluded parking lot at the train station to discuss their relationship. The jury deliberated more than two hours before reaching the verdict.
Newton, of the 8500 block of Ferndale Street in Philadelphia, looked downward and did not respond to reporters’ questions as he was escorted from the courtroom by sheriff’s deputies to begin serving the life term.
“I think that the jury got it right. The evidence that we presented showed that when Gilbert Newton went to the train station that day to meet Morgan his only intention was to kill her,” Assistant District Attorney Kathleen McLaughlin reacted after the trial.
McLaughlin and co-prosecutor Gabrielle Hughes argued Newton, angry that McCaffery had ended their relationship, had formed the specific intent to kill McCaffery, pointing to evidence that he took two knives from his kitchen to the meeting and lured the young woman to the secluded location.
“If he couldn’t have her, nobody could. The defendant intentionally used the deadly weapons on vital parts of her body,” McLaughlin argued during her closing statement to jurors, adding that a day before the killing, Newton saw a photo posted on social media of McCaffery with another man. “That’s when he set out his plan to kill her.”
An autopsy determined McCaffery sustained “at least 30 stab and slash wounds,” and her death has been ruled a homicide. McCaffery suffered wounds to her face, neck, abdomen, and back and several defensive-type wounds on her arms and hands.
Prosecutors said that Newton expressed fearful and homicidal thoughts in numerous text messages sent to the victim and others in the days leading up to the killing.
“I honestly hope u (sic) die at this point. Like I just wanna (sic) stab u in the neck continuously,” Newton wrote to McCaffery in a June 20, 2020, text message, according to testimony.
When Newton stepped into the witness box on Tuesday, he claimed he met up with McCaffery “to see if she cared about me” and find out if she was seeing another man. Newton also claimed he took the knives with him because he intended to kill himself, given McCaffery.
Newton claimed that when McCaffery told him that she had moved on with someone else, he called her a derogatory name and claimed she responded by slapping and spitting at him. Newton claimed he then began stabbing McCaffery, claiming “there was a lot of emotion and a lot of things going through my head.”
Newton claimed he didn’t plan to kill McCaffery.
The investigation began when Abington police responded to the train station parking lot at Lindsay Lane and Mill Road for a disturbance report and found McCaffery lying in the parking lot, covered in blood, according to a criminal complaint filed by county Detective William Mitchell and Abington Detective Donald Lindenmuth.