MULLICA TWP – A Mullica Township man was indicted for murder, in connection with the shooting death of his wife at their home in 2014, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton announced.
On May 26, 2014, at 9:24 a.m., the Mullica Township Police responded to 4901 Pleasant Mills Road for a 9-1-1 report of the shooting death of Lynn DeRosa, 57, of that address. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit also responded.
An autopsy performed on May 27, 2014 by Dr. Marianne Hamel, of the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, determined the cause of death to be a shotgun wound to the head, and the manner of death: homicide.
An investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Mullica Township Police Department led to the return of an indictment by an Atlantic County Grand Jury on September 9, 2015 against Sergio DeRosa, 57, of the same address, for manslaughter: by recklessly causing the death of Lynn DeRosa.
DeRosa was arrested the following day at his home, without incident. Bail was set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Allen J. Littlefield at $150,000, cash or bond. DeRosa was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in Mays Landing, in lieu of bail. DeRosa was subsequently released from jail on bail.
On September 27, 2016, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted DeRosa for murder, for purposely and knowingly causing the death of his wife, Lynn DeRosa. This indictment supersedes the previous indictment. DeRosa subsequently surrendered himself this week to Major Crimes Unit detectives, and was served the warrant on indictment and arraigned on the new charge. DeRosa is free on $150,000 bail, with the stipulation that he may not leave the State of New Jersey, and is required to wear a GPS location monitoring device.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (609) 909-7666, or the Mullica Township Police Department at (609) 652-2037.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases a charged defendant is presumed innocent until and unless 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.