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 picture from missing persons flier)

A man convicted of manslaughter who got out of prison in 2020 has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a New Jersey mom of two young daughters who went missing before Mother’s Day and whose body was found off a highway days later in a case of domestic violence.

Gregory Mallard, of Jersey City, was charged in the death of Norelis Mendoza, 32, whose body was found in Bayonne, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’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), failing to dispose of human remains, desecration of human remains, and hindering and tampering with physical evidence, authorities said.

Details about how she died were not 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, had convictions for manslaughter, distributing drugs on school property, and possession dating to 2006. He was in prison from Feb. 20, 2009, to June 7, 2020, records show.

Gregory Mallard is accused of killing Norelis Mendoza

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