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James Kauffman charged with murder in wife’s death

Eight charged in connection with April Kauffman’s killing A suspended Egg Harbor Township doctor who pulled a gun when law enforcement came with search warrants last summer is now charged in his wife’s 2012 killing. April Kauffman’s death was the result of a murder-for-hire that included a long-term alliance between the former doctor and the Pagan motorcycle gang, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said during press conference Tuesday. “He has consistently denied any involvement in
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Atlantic City man charged with attempted murder after attack, standoff

An Atlantic City man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly pistol-whipped a man, robbed him and then took refuge inside his home. Police were called to the 400 block of New Jersey Avenue at 2:09 p.m., for a ShotSpotter alert. Detectives Howard Mason and Jaimee Moore arrived at the scene to find the 40-year-old victim had been pistol-whipped, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. He told police he and the suspect, Matthew Sturdivant, had gotten into an
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Two charged with felony murder in Atlantic City killing

An Atlantic City man already jailed in a string of home invasions is now one of two men charged with felony murder. Ba’shawn Whitted-Scott, 25, is accused in the Aug. 27 killing of Deshawn Dawkins, 27, who was found shot in the first block of South Virginia Avenue at about 9:15 p.m. He and Brian Richardson, 26, also of Atlantic City, fatally shot Dawkins during a robbery, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said. Richardson is
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Somers Point man convicted of murder in Walk shooting

A Somers Point man was convicted on all counts in a deadly shooting at Atlantic City’s Walk. Luis Maisonet, 56,was found guilty of murder and weapons offenses in the Sept. 1,2016,killing of Christopher Romero. A killing inside an Atlantic City outlet store was the result of a man who couldn’t take rejection, Atlantic County First Assistant Prosecutor Cary Shill told jurors during closings Thursday. Jennifer Villanueva had moved out of the apartment she and Maisonet
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Former girlfriend testifies at Atlantic City Walk murder trial

Jealousy and anger fueled a deadly shooting at Atlantic City’s Walk last year, according to testimony at the trial of the accused killer. Luis Maisonet allegedly shot Christopher Romero, 26, on Sept. 1, 2016, as the victim worked inside Zumiez in The Walk. Romero was expecting a baby with Maisonet’s ex-girlfriend, a son born several months after his father was killed the woman testified Tuesday. She and Maisonet had a daughter, who is now 11.
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EHT man indicted for murder in killing of his children’s mother

An Egg Harbor Township man accused of killing the mother of his four children was indicted on murder and weapons charges in the killing. Lashawn Smith, 36, had a pending charge in an assault of 28-year-old Sarah Phillips shortly before he allegedly beat her to death with a hammer. A grand jury has indicted him on charges of first degree murder, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Phillips
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Mullica man gets 30 years in prison for murdering wife

A Mullica man who insists he accidentally shot his wife while cleaning her gun was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday. Sergio DeRosa, 59, will have to serve the entire sentence. In a lengthy statement, Rosa continued to deny that he intentionally shot his wife, and said he just wants his son, Christopher back. Sergio and Lynn DeRosa had been together since they were 17, and married 35 years when she was fatally shot
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Man fatally shot in Atlantic City

A man was killed Sunday night in Atlantic City, police confirmed. Deshawn Dawkins, 27, was shot in the first block of South Virginia Avenue at about 9:15 p.m., Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit is investigating with the help of Atlantic City police. About a half-hour later, a 21-year-old man came into the Trauma Unit at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the hand,
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Kauffman makes brief court appearance

The weapons charge against Dr. James Kauffman is headed to a grand jury. The Egg Harbor Township doctor who pulled a gun when detectives came to his office with a search warrant in June had a brief court appearance Tuesday. There have been no offers made in the case. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has until Sept. 13 to get an indictment, said attorney Patrick Joyce, who was representing Kauffman while attorney Ed Jacobs in
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Mullica man guilty of murdering wife

It was no accident. Sergio DeRosa insisted he accidentally killed his wife while cleaning her shotgun May 26, 2014. But the jury found otherwise Wednesday, convicting him of murder. Before being taken into custody, he told his family he loves them, including his son who testified against him. “I still love you, Christopher,” he called. Defense attorney Jill Cohen was shocked by the verdict. She plans to file a motion for a judgment of not
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