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Man accused in April Kauffman’s killing is looking for a lawyer

The only man facing charges in the killing of April Kauffman is looking for a lawyer. But without money to do so, he had taken a different tack. After GoFundMe removed his page seeking money for legal representation, Freddy Augello has now reached out directly to his friends on Facebook. “To whom it may concern, I find myself in the beginning of what is becoming a national media case, producing interests from the likes of
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Two dead in Linwood murder-suicide

Investigators from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating an apparent murder-suicide of a man and a woman in Linwood, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner announced. Linwood Police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office were notified Wednesday that a man and woman were found dead in their home in Linwood. This is an active investigation and no other information will be released at this time.
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Somers Point man gets life for murder inside Atlantic City store

A Somers Point man convicted of murdering his former girlfriend’s new love was sentenced to life in prison Friday. Luis Maisonet, 56, would have to live 56 more years to be eligible for parole. He was convicted in December in the fatal Sept. 1, 2016, shooting of 26-year-old Christopher Romero, inside the Zumiez store on Atlantic City’s Walk, where the younger man worked as a manager. Maisonet then walked across the road to the White House|Black
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‘This is just the beginning,’ April Kauffman’s daughter says as stepfather charged with murder

Kim Pack always believed her mother’s killer was her mother’s husband. But the details that came out as James Kauffman and seven others were charged in connection with the May 10, 2012 killing of April Kauffman were a surprise. “A year?” she said in disbelief of the plan to kill her mother that allegedly began in 2011. “It feels surreal,” she told BreakingAC in a private interview. “Like it’s the worst Lifetime movie ever. But
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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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