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Jury still undecided in A.C. kidnap-murder An Atlantic County jury deliberated for about six more hours Tuesday without reaching a verdict in the Trump Taj Mahal carjacking-murder case.
Jury still undecided in A.C. kidnap-murder
An Atlantic County jury deliberated for about six more hours Tuesday without reaching a verdict in the Trump Taj Mahal carjacking-murder case.
The jurors spent most of the day listening to the read-back of testimony from two key witnesses in the case, defendant Craig Arno and star prosecution witness Jessica Kisby. Jurors have now spent about 13 hours over three days determining the fate of Arno, 46, who is charged with murder, kidnapping, arson, and related charges. Arno, who faces a possible life sentence, is charged with stabbing Martin Caballero to death and dumping his body along a dirt farm road. Caballero, 47, a grocer from North Jersey, had arrived at the Taj Mahal on the night of May 21, 2010, to celebrate his daughter's 22d birthday with family and friends.
Kisby, 26, Arno's former girlfriend and admitted accomplice, testified for the prosecution in the case. She told the jury that Caballero was targeted because he had a "nice car" — a 2009 Lincoln MKS. She said Arno stabbed him to death and that they used Caballero's ATM card to make a $300 cash withdrawal. They later set the Lincoln on fire in Blackwood.
Kisby has pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping charges. Under her plea bargain, she will be sentenced to 30 years with no parole eligibility. Arno has denied any involvement in the murder, but from the witness stand admitted that he helped Kisby dispose of the car by setting it on fire. — George Anastasia
DRPA Police Chief McClintock to retire May 15
The police chief is the latest official to leave the Delaware River Port Authority. The DRPA on Monday announced the retirement of David J. McClintock, effective May 15.
McClintock, 55, is a 36-year veteran of the department who rose through the ranks to become chief in December 2008.
The DRPA statement said McClintock was leaving "to pursue opportunities in the private sector." No replacement was named.
With Gov. Corbett now chairman of the DRPA board, the agency recently has replaced a number of executives, including its chief counsel, deputy chief executive officer, and agency spokesman. Also, a new general manager of the PATCO commuter railroad was selected in November. — Paul Nussbaum
Rutgers student pleads guilty to fondling roommate
A Rutgers University student has admitted making unwanted sexual contact with his sleeping male roommate and capturing video of what happened on his cellphone, authorities said Tuesday.
Under a plea agreement entered Monday, 20-year-old Minjin Oh faces up to 364 days in jail for criminal sexual contact and invasion of privacy. Authorities say he acknowledged fondling his roommate on April 6, 2010. Roommates were assigned at random. Oh's lawyer, Steven Altman, said his client deleted the video the morning after it was taken and never showed it to anyone.
Altman said that evidence prosecutors provided in trial preparations suggested that Oh performed oral sex on his roommate, which Oh denies. Prosecutors have not released the name of the roommate. Under terms of the deal, Oh — who remains a Rutgers student — will be placed on parole supervision for life and must register as a sex offender. But the legal U.S. resident is unlikely to be deported to his native South Korea, Altman said. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 23.
Altman represented former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, who was found guilty last month of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy for using a webcam to view a snippet of his roommate, Tyler Clementi, kissing a man in their dorm room in September 2010. — AP
Hunting Park man charged in Center City bank heist
A Hunting Park man was arrested Tuesday on charges that he robbed a Republic Bank branch in Center City, police said.
Christian Stephens, 30, of Darien Street near Cayuga Street, was charged with robbery and related crimes. Police said he held up the bank, near 16th and Market Streets, about 11:35 a.m.
A bank teller enclosed a dye pack with the money and it exploded when he stepped outside the bank, police said. The robber fled after dropping an undisclosed sum and was arrested near 18th and Callowhill Streets, police said. — Phillip Lucas