MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A woman accused of beating her mother and grandmother to death in their New Jersey beach home this summer has pleaded not guilty to murder and other counts.
Heather Barbera entered her pleas during a court hearing Friday.
The 42-year-old Ventnor woman was taken into custody in New York City on July 11, a few days after the bodies of her mother, 67-year-old Michelle Gordon, and 87-year-old Elaine Rosen were found in Ventnor. Another relative found the victims after going to the home when he couldn’t reach them by phone.
Barbera, who also had been living in the Ventnor home, faces robbery, murder and weapons charges. Authorities say she used a nightstick to beat the victims, who died of blunt force trauma.
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