Reyes' body was found in a ditch along Old Stagecoach Road in Bernards Township in February 1994. Authorities determined the Elizabeth teen died from blunt-force trauma to the head.
A forensic odontologist testified for the prosecution that a bite mark on Reyes matched Richardson's teeth. The defense maintained that the match never existed. Richardson was convicted in November 1995 and sentenced to 30 years in prison.