ATLANTIC CITY – Two men were indicted yesterday for the murder in January of an Atlantic City man, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Rahmir A. Skinner, 25, of the 2500 block of Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ, and Mario Blocker, 39, of Glen Park, Bridgeton, NJ, on ten (10) criminal counts today for the January 31, 2015 shooting death of Kenneth Moore, 61, inside his Atlantic City home.
On January 31, 2015, at 12:13 a.m., officers of the Atlantic City Police Department responded for a 9-1-1 call of a disturbance at 19 North Bellevue Avenue, a multi-family dwelling. Upon arrival, police found the body of Kenneth Moore in his home.
An autopsy performed the next day by the NJ Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the cause of the death was a gunshot wound to the chest, and the manner of death: homicide.
A 5-month investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department resulted in the arrests of Skinner and Blocker on June 9. 2015.
Skinner was served the charges in New Jersey State Prison, where he is serving a prison sentence on an unrelated conviction. Blocker was transported from the Atlantic County Justice Facility—where he was lodged on an unrelated matter—served the criminal complaints, and returned to jail. Both men were charged with murder, armed robbery, conspiracy, weapons possession offenses, including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Mark H. Sandson set bail for each man’s charges at $1,000.000 full cash.
The State alleges that the two men killed Moore during the commission of a robbery.
The Grand Jury indicted the men for murder—a 1st degree crime, 1st degree and 2nd degree robbery, and the following 2nd degree crimes: unlawful possession and conspiracy to possess a handgun, possession and conspiracy to possess a firearm for an unlawful purpose, possession and conspiracy to possess a community gun, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Due to statutory aggravating factors delineated in the indictment, a conviction for the murder carries a potential sentence of life without eligibility for parole in a maximum security New Jersey State prison. The 2nd degree crimes each carry a potential penalty of 5-10 years of imprisonment if convicted.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy represents the State in the matter.
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 http://www.acpo.org/tips.html 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 http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.