Wednesday, September 10, 2014

8-year Long Investigation Results in Murder Charges for EHT Woman

EGG HARBOR TWP. — An Egg Harbor Township woman was indicted and arrested yesterday for the 2006 murder of her boyfriend, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
An 8-year investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit led to the arrest yesterday of Eileen Leone, 43, of the 8000 block of Atlantic Avenue, Margate, NJ, charged with murder for the June 2006 bludgeoning death of her boyfriend, Darius Smith, then 32, inside the Egg Harbor Township home that they shared with their 4-year-old child.
On June 29, 2006 at 9:27 p.m. Egg Harbor Township police responded to a 9-1-1 call made by Eileen Leone from inside the couple’s home in the Heathercroft Condominium complex, EHT.
Police found Smith in the living room, suffering from head injuries. Emergency personnel transported Smith to the AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center—City Division, where he died of his injuries hours later.
Atlantic County Medical Examiner Dr. Hydow Park performed the autopsy that determined the victim died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Yesterday morning, Sept. 9, 2014, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Leone for murder, a 1st degree crime. Assistant Prosecutor David Ruffenach represented the State in the case.
Leone was arrested last night at 9:45 p.m. on the 100 block of Longport Blvd., EHT, by Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit detectives, and members of the Egg Harbor Township, Somers Point, and Ventnor Police Departments.
Leone was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $750,000 cash bail, set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael Donio.
A conviction for murder carries a potential penalty of incarceration in New Jersey State prison for 30 years to life.
Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to call the Atlantic County Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666.
This charge is merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.


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