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Grandson Charged in Maplewood Double Homicide

Dwayne Flourney, 26, has been charged in the murder of his father, Brian, and grandmother, Sandra, in their Maplewood home.

Police have arrested Dwayne Flourney of Northview Terrace in Maplewood and charged him with the murder of his father and grandmother.

Flourney, 26, was arrested last night at the home of a friend in Phillipsburg, NJ, after leaving the scene of the murder — his home at 5 Northview Terrace — on Sunday.

Maplewood Police and the Essex County Prosecutor allege that Flourney first stabbed his grandmother, Sandra Flourney, age 76, to death on Saturday afternoon, then stabbed his father, Brian Flourney, age 52, when he came home later that day. Police say that he transferred his grandmother's body to a car parked in the garage and covered his father's body with a sheet or cloth and left him in a sun porch.

Flourney reportedly invited friends over for drinks on Saturday night. He slept in the house — where he had grown up and lived as an adult intermittently — that night, leaving with his father's car on Sunday. With the help of the Phillipsburg Police Department, Flourney was arrested Monday night at the home of a female friend.

Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray said she could not yet comment as to motive. She also had no information to share regarding Dwayne Flourney's mental health or whether or not he had a criminal record. Murray said that, at this time, police and the prosecutor's office believe Flourney acted alone but said "this is an ongoing investigation."

Co-workers of Brian Flourney, who was an investigator employed by the Union County Public Defender's Office, became suspicious when Flourney did not show up for work and did not call on Monday. Employees at his office called the Maplewood Police Department Monday morning to suggest that police make a welfare check on the home. Family members also contacted police and expressed their concern.

By , police were taping off Northview Terrace. Workers from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office soon arrived on scene to remove evidence. The bodies were removed from the property late in the evening and a green Nissan was towed away.

Sandra Flourney, 76, was a retired school teacher.

The Flourneys lived in a modest two-story home on a middle-class street in Maplewood with neatly manicured lawns.

Neighbors expressed shock at the turn of events.

A neighbor on Millburn Avenue said she frequented the block in her proselytizing work as a Jehovah's Witness. "It's so quiet here!" she said. "It's just so sad." She said that she had never met the occupants of the house, but that the neighborhood was peaceful and friendly.

Maplewood Police Chief Robert Cimino said that the crime was not typical of Maplewood.

"Maplewood has a strong sense of community, and the senseless loss of life by any resident is felt deeply by the entire community and our officers," said Cimino.

kevin morgan March 15, 2012 at 03:01 AM
This Person Brian Florney was a long time friend of mine. when i lived in (Hillside New Jersey) and my family, it is tragic that a thing like this had to happen to him and his Mother!,. by His own son,. he was a wonderful friend,. and love by a community of folks,. and friends pass and present, that he met I am sure of it, ill miss his Smile and Humor,. I am sure that God has Him in a better Place and Light! May He rest!,.. and his Mother in peace!,. My sincere condolences to His Next of kin, and All Family Members. Thank you Kevin Morgan
Julia March 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I am very sorry for this loss. Very tragic! May I ask, did they have a dog? We found a wonderful one just a couple of days after. Obviously well kept and very loved. Right in this area. We can't find the owners. I'm worried it was theirs. Tks
D Wright March 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM
The great God Jehovah will awaken my dear sister. John 5:28,29
kevin morgan March 15, 2012 at 01:44 PM
@ Julia,. I am not sure only cause i live now in California,, you might go 3 doors down,. on either side of block and inquire,. Brain was a long time grade school Friend,. and Alumni, of Hillside New Jersey,.. to me and many,. he was an asset to the community,. and Great Friend to all he touched ,. if it is his and come up unclaimed,. I am sure you will give him a good home,. . ( does he have tags?).. be well and thank you
mischabimble March 15, 2012 at 04:33 PM
A neighbor on Millburn Avenue said she frequented the block in her proselytizing work as a Jehovah's Witness. Going around a predominantly Roman Catholic area spewing such nonsense. As for the mutt, let him die in the gas chamber.
Tara Muir March 15, 2012 at 04:44 PM
There is no room for comments like this on the patch. No one is interested in YOU SPEWING YOUR NONSENSE. Refrain from posting again please. These are human beings.
Irene March 15, 2012 at 10:26 PM
May God Blesse Brian Flourney a good friend and associate
Irene March 15, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Brian Flourney was great man and friend to all of us who knew and cared about him in Newark,n NJ frequented spots, we will miss him dearly. may God Bless Him.... from a friend Irene
deb walker March 16, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Brian Was A Great Man, Humble, Soft Spoken, Although Small In Size He Had The Heart Of An Giant. I Had The Pleasure Of Meeting Brian In 1979, We Both Attended Cheyney State College In Pa. Saw Him Last Year At Homecoming. The Entire Cheyney Family Will Miss Him Dearly, We Continue To Pray For The Family And Friends. His Mother Did A Fine Job Raising Him, He Was Truly A Gentlemen. RIP Brian Your Cheyney Family Always Shared Love With You, As You Shared Love With Us. CU4Life

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