Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on November 3, 2021, the Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, P.J.Cr.P, ordered that Sherry Lee Heffernan, 55, of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, shall remain detained in the Ocean County Jail pending trial on two counts of Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1), relative to the deaths of John Enders and Francoise Pitoy in Surf City on or about September 29, 2021. Heffernan is also charged with Possession of a Weapon -specifically a knife – for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4d; Unlawful Possession of Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5d; Possession of a Weapon – specifically a handgun – for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4a; and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b.
On October 4, 2021, Heffernan was taken into custody by the Pennsylvania State Police at her residence in Landenberg. On October 20, 2021, Heffernan was returned to New Jersey and has been lodged in the Ocean County Jail since that date.
The charges referenced above are merely accusations and the press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.