Gregory Mallard is accused of killing Norelis Mendoza

Gregory Mallard, left, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Norelis Mendoza. (Mallard photo from New Jersey Department of Corrections; Mendoza photo from Missing Persons flyer)

A man convicted of manslaughter who walked out of prison in 2020 has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a New Jersey mother of two young girls who disappeared before Mother’s Day and whose bodies was found on a highway a few days later in a domestic violence case.

Gregory Mallard of Jersey City has been charged in the death of 32-year-old Norelis Mendoza, whose body was found in Bayonne, according to the Hudson County District Attorney’s Office.

In addition to the murder charge, he faces unlawful possession of a weapon (a vehicle), possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (a vehicle), failure to dispose of human remains , desecration of human remains and obstruction and tampering with evidence, according to authorities.

Details of how she died have not been revealed. Prosecutors said the investigation was ongoing and provided no additional information.

New Jersey State Department of Corrections records show Mallard, who is in custody, has convictions for manslaughter, distributing drugs on school property, and possession dating back to 2006. He was in prison from February 20, 2009 to June 7, 2020, records show.

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