N.J. man gets 18 years for bow-and-arrow murder

Timothy Canfield, left, was convicted of killing Kereti Paulsen

On Monday, June 10, 2019, Timothy Canfield, 31, of Berlin Borough, was sentenced to a term of 18 years in New Jersey State Prison.

At the trial, Assistant Prosecutors Lauren Pratter and Brian Scanlon presented evidence and witness testimony that proved Timothy Canfield shot and killed Kereti Paulsen, 25, with a compound bow and arrow and then attempted to conceal his involvement in the homicide. The incident occurred as Kereti Paulsen was walking away from North Brill Avenue in Berlin Borough after a verbal altercation regarding a woman. Witnesses testified that after the verbal altercation, Canfield went into the residence and retrieved his compound bow and quiver containing several razor-tipped arrows.

Defendant Canfield went back outside the residence and shot the victim in the stomach in the rear driveway of the residence. Evidence revealed that after the defendant shot Paulsen, he called 9-1-1 pretending to be the victim, provided false information to police about his involvement in the homicide, and concealed evidence by hiding the compound bow and arrows in a wooded area in Winslow Township. Timothy Canfield asserted a claim of self-defense at trial. Prosecutors presented evidence including expert testimony which contradicted defendant’s claim. The jury rejected defendant’s claim finding defendant guilty of Aggravated Manslaughter.