A Camden man already jailed on gun and drug offense has been charged with aggravated manslaughter after an Atlantic City died three weeks after he was discovered with head injuries.
Andrew McGarrigel, 53, was found injured in the area of North Virginia Avenue on Nov. 3. He died from his injuries on Thanksgiving day, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said.
The cause of death was head injuries with complications, and it was ruled a homicide.
Johnny Morgan, 34, was first arrested the day after the attack, when he went into the Public Safety Building to post bail for a friend in relation to a shots fired call.
Eugene McKethan had been arrested in a Nov. 3 shots fired incident in the first block of South California Avenue. When Morgan arrived to post bail — which is no longer done under the new reform — he was arrested in the incident as well.
Police later found a loaded gun that had been reported stolen, ammunition, 11.3 grams of cocaine, 30 bags of heroin, 2.2 ounces of unpackaged heroin and packing materials. They also found another gun in a vehicle used by him and two others.
At that time Morgan was charged with weapons offenses, along with two counts each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute, along with possession of a weapon while committing a drug offense and endangering the welfare of children.
Atlantic City police said nothing was previously released about the attack on McGarrigel because the investigation was active.
Tyner did not say how McGarrigel sustained his injuries.
Morgan is now charged with aggravated manslaughter, and is currently in the Atlantic County Justice Facility. He faces 10 to 30 years in prison if convicted.
“Andrew brought love and joy to everyone who knew him,” according to his obituary. “He would be there for you whenever you needed him. He lost his life in a senseless act of violence.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666 or Crimes Stoppers at 609-652-1234.