HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Two men were indicted yesterday for crimes committed in connection with the November 2015 shooting death in Hamilton Township of a Mays Landing man, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
In response to a 9-1-1 call received at 7:29 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2015, Hamilton Township Police, Township of Hamilton Rescue personnel, and AtlantiCare paramedics responded to a home on the 5900 block of Elmhurst Drive, Mays Landing. Upon arrival, police found Michael Black, 31, suffering from a gunshot wound.
Black was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center—City Division, where he was later declared dead.
An autopsy performed the next morning by Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office Dr. Daksha Shah determined that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest, and that the manner of death was homicide.
The investigation by detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Hamilton Township Police Department led to the arrest in Galloway Township on November 10, 2015 of Dennis J. Munoz, now 37, of Theresa Court, Galloway Township.
Munoz was charged with murder—a crime of the 1st degree, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a handgun—both crimes of the 2nd degree, and was committed to the Atlantic County Justice Facility on bail set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Wild at $1,000,000 cash no 10%.
Further investigation led to the arrest on March 21, 2016 of Edwin V. Velazquez, 42, of the 800 block of Adriatic Avenue, Atlantic City, N.J., charged with conspiracy to commit murder, that he “did ... agree to aid Dennis Munoz in the planning and/or commission of the murder of Michael Black,” and being an accomplice to murder—both crimes of the 1st degree.
Members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, with assistance from the Atlantic City Police Department, arrested Velazquez without incident at Atlantic City Public Works in Atlantic City, where he is employed, and lodged him in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on bail set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury at $1,000,000, no 10%.
Yesterday, April 6, 2016, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Dennis J. Munoz for murder and conspiracy to commit murder—1st degree crimes, and for unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon—all 2nd degree crimes.
The Grand Jury indicted Edwin V. Velazquez for being an accomplice to murder and conspiracy to commit murder—1st degree crimes, and for unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose—both 2nd degree crimes.
A conviction for murder carries a potential sentence of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison for a period of 30 years to life. The potential penalty for a 1st degree conviction is 10-20 years of imprisonment, and a 2nd degree conviction carries a potential sentence of 5-10 years in prison.
Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey represented the State in the case.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666, or the Hamilton Township Police Department at (609) 625-2700.
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.