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Augello trial defense likely to include Kauffman time of death discrepancy

Time of death will play a big role in the trial of the only living person charged with April Kauffman’s killing, an attorney for the man said in court Thursday. “Oh, definitely not guilty,” Ferdinand Augello told Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury, formally rejecting a final plea deal and moving toward a Sept. 11 trial. The offer would have required Augello to plead guilty to murder and racketeering in exchange for a sentence at the judge’s
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Pleasantville man pleads guilty in killing of woman found in suitcase

A Pleasantville man has pleaded guilty in the killing of a woman whose remains were found in a suitcase more than four years ago. Steven Stallworth, 31, was set to go to trial Monday in the death of 30-year-old Tara Rogers-Alicea, but instead pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and desecration of human remains. In exchange for his guilty plea, Stallworth faces a 28-year sentence. The Gloucester County mother of three had been reported missing in
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Atlantic City man pleads guilty in gang-related shooting

An Atlantic City man pleaded guilty in a shooting the state previously said was gang-related. Azaiah Grisom, 19, faces a five-year sentence for second-degree possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose and fourth-degree aggravated assault by pointing a handgun, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said. Grisom, who was previously ordered detained, was released on an electronic monitoring device pending his Aug. 3 sentencing. Jordan Reaves, 20, was shot Dec. 5, in a residence at
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Absecon doc who led opioid ring sentenced to four years


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  An Absecon doctor who allegedly helped feed Atlantic County’s opioid epidemic was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday. Alan Faustino, now 50, put more than 1,200 pills on the street a day, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Janet Gravitz said told the judge before sentencing, adding up the prescriptions for OxyContin, Roxicodone and Alprazolam. Faustino and six others were charged in the endeavor. One co-defendant, Jason Cylc, is now in Recovery Court. Three others, including

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Absecon man gets eight years in brutal assault on elderly woman

An Absecon man was sentenced to eight years in prison for the brutal assault of an elderly woman he and his mother had been living with. Brian Auxer, 31, was convicted in April of the attack that left the woman with a broken nose, cracked rib and scar above her eye. “I thought I was going to die,” the victim testified about the attack, in which Auxer knocked her to the ground and continued to

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Mays Landing man pleads guilty in killing of Good Samaritan

A Mays Landing man admitted to killing a man who tried to stop him from beating his girlfriend. Calvin Wiggins, 24, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated manslaughter in the death of John Charlton, 55, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said Friday. Wiggins was allegedly hitting his girlfriend Nov. 2, 2017, along Route 40, across the street from his mother’s home near Cantillion Boulevard when Charlton drove by. Charlton got out of his car and came

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No verdict in first day of deliberations in Atlantic City police shooting

Jurors ended their first day of deliberations without a verdict in an alleged 2016 armed robbery that ended with an Atlantic City police officer shot in the head. Martel Chisolm and Demetris Cross are charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and other offenses in the Sept. 3, 2016, incident that allegedly began with Jerome Damon holding a gun to three teens on an Atlantic City street. Damon shot Officer Josh Vadell as he got out
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Jury hears closings in Atlantic City police shooting trial

  Emotion led an investigation into the shooting of an Atlantic City police officer, a defense attorney argued Tuesday. And the state is hoping emotion will be what convicts two men charged with attempted murder, Robin Lord said in her closing argument. Martel Chisolm and Demetris Cross are accused of conspiring with Jerome Damon in the Sept. 3, 2016, armed robbery of three teens that led to Officer Josh Vadell being shot in the head.
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Wounded Atlantic City officer testifies at trial

“Oh (expletive), I’m going to die,” Atlantic City Police Officer Josh Vadell thought after finding out he’d been shot in the head. Vadell, now retired from the department, testified Monday as the trial continued for two men accused in a deadly robbery that left the young officer critically injured. He begged them to save him. He had a baby on the way. Testimony began last week with Detective Thomas McCabe giving a first-hand account of
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Trial set for Atlantic City brothers accused in 2013 killing

Two Atlantic City brothers tied to a violent drug gang will go on trial for murder this summer. Mykal and Malik Derry are set to go to trial Aug. 21. The men are accused in the fatal 2013 shooting of Tyquinn James, outside Mecca Chicken on Adriatic Avenue. James, 25, was shot shortly after he walked in front of the store. Video surveillance shows a masked man on a bike come up seconds later, pull
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