- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A Somerset County judge has ruled that the search of a New Jersey man’s Jeep on the day that his parents were found dead was unconstitutional.

Judge Yolanda Ciccone ruled Wednesday that there was no probable cause to justify the 2014 search of Matthew Sheridan’s vehicle that authorities say uncovered a small amount of cocaine. Ciccone barred the state from using any evidence obtained as a result.

Investigators searched the SUV after Sheridan’s parents were found fatally stabbed in the aftermath of a fire that broke out at their Montgomery Township home on Sept. 28, 2014. Sheridan pleaded not guilty to cocaine possession last month.

Investigators say John Sheridan killed his wife, Joyce, and himself. The Sheridan family alleges the drug charge was in retaliation for them disputing the murder-suicide finding.

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