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MAYS LANDING, N.J. (CBS) — Ferdinand Augello, the man charged in the 2012 murder of April Kauffman, has been found guilty by a jury in South Jersey on Tuesday afternoon.
The jury got the case shortly after closing arguments were concluded Tuesday.
Atlantic County prosecutors say Augello and the woman’s husband, Dr. James Kauffman, wanted to stop her from exposing a drug ring allegedly run by the doctor and a motorcycle gang. Dr. Kauffman, who was also facing charges, was found dead in his jail cell in January.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy Levy told jurors Augello used his former co-defendants to protect and enrich himself.
Defense attorney Mary Linehan questioned the reliability of the state’s witnesses. She says the state’s evidence points to their star witness, Andrew Glick, a former gang official turned informant.
“It was very quick because there was a lot of information. I think that goes to the credit of the State’s case, to the credit of Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy who conveyed and communicated that information very effectively to the jury to allow them to make an educated decision,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner moments after the guilty verdict was delivered.
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