In coming weeks, Craig Arno's burns will heal and his singed hair will grow back. But as the Atlantic City man keeps getting accused of more crimes, the most serious charge - murder - still looms.
Arno, 44, and Jessica Kisby, 24, of Egg Harbor Township, both entered not guilty pleas yesterday during their first court appearance for the alleged carjacking and kidnapping of Martin Caballero, 47, at the Trump Taj Mahal on May 21.
Authorities discovered what they believe is Caballero's body on a farm in Hamilton Township on Sunday and are awaiting military records to identify the remains to file murder charges.
"In the near future, we anticipate new charges," Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel said yesterday.
Authorities say Arno and Kisby followed Caballero, who was visiting the Taj with family, in their car to the casino's parking garage and approached him about 10:30 p.m. After an altercation, both cars were seen leaving on surveillance footage.
Housel said the suspects traveled throughout Atlantic County, purchasing lighters and gasoline and using Caballero's ATM card. Housel said Arno, a career criminal raised in Overbrook Park, was charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery for a May 24 incident involving a knife at a Kmart in Pleasantville, Atlantic County. Authorities in Camden County also filed aggravated arson and hindering apprehension charges against the pair.
Arno burned himself when he allegedly torched Caballero's Lincoln in Gloucester Township on May 22. He shuffled into court yesterday with his right hand bandaged, portions of his head shaved into a halfhearted mohawk and a pained look on his charred face.
Kisby's attorney, Steve Scheffler, said there was "more to the story" than what authorities have released. Arno's attorney declined to comment.