WOODBURY, N.J. — The parents of the man accused of beating a New Jersey house-sitter to death have been charged with cleaning and hiding a key piece of evidence.

Police say 52-year-old David Wilson and 50-year-old Kim Ward, 50, both of Paulsboro, New Jersey, cleaned and concealed their son’s sneakers. The shoes were evidence in the homicide investigation against him.

Their son, 19-year-old Brandon Wilson, was charged in November with the murder of 26-year-old Shawneeq Carter. Her body was found in the Woodbury home of an acquaintance on Sept. 23.

Gloucester County prosecutors say Wilson killed the victim after breaking in a day after his release from jail, where he was held on drug charges.

Authorities say Carter was beaten to death with a piece of gym equipment. Carter’s father told WPVI-TV in Philadelphia that his daughter’s 5-year-old son found her body.

The parents were released after processing Monday. No attorney information is available.

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