For almost six years, Kimberly Pack pushed and prodded authorities to investigate her stepfather, Dr. James Kauffman, for the fatal shooting of her mom, who was found dead on May 10, 2012, in her home on the Jersey Shore. Another six people connected to the gang were charged in the drug ring.
"He was intent to have her killed as opposed to losing his financial empire", Tyner told reporters at a late afternoon press conference.
The Atlantic County prosecutor's office, which investigated the case along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies, said James Kauffman and Augello presided over an illegal opioid network that was run out of Kauffman's office through an alliance with the Pagan Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
Calling Kauffman "innocent", Ed Jacobs, the doctor's attorney, said, "I can tell you putting it in writing doesn't change anything".More news: Jones Breaks Tradition, Chooses Biden As Escort For Swearing
In the summer of 2011, April Kauffman wanted a divorce and after James Kauffman objected she threatened to expose the drug ring, Tyner said. "Nearly 18 months after April Kauffman's murder, Frank Mullholland died in October of 2013 by at the time, it was determined to be an accidental drug overdose", said Tyner.
Tyner says he was paid $20,000 after Kauffman said he would rather she be killed than granting her a divorce.
Ferdinand Augello, the Pagan charged with finding someone to kill April Kauffman, also was charged Tuesday with trying to have James Kauffman killed, authorities said.
For years, the police were unable to identify who was responsible for the crime, but Kauffman's step-daughter Kimberly Pack long suspected her mother's husband as being involved.More news: Rushing duo carries Bulldogs over Sooners in epic Rose Bowl finish
Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office investigators as well as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and local police officers searched his home and office that day. And while she suspected her stepfather and filed a formal complaint in April 2014 accusing him of murder, she said she had no idea he was allegedly in cahoots with the Pagans. "I think it puts the towns head to rest a little bit", said Linda Mullin, of Linwood. Those who received them either used the drugs or sold them, authorities said. "I have been waiting patiently for justice and today I was luckily enough to be granted justice". After about a year, a man who agreed to do it, Francis Mullholland, was driven to the home, where the doors were left open, and was given a gun, authorities said. Her body was discovered by a handyman who cared for pet birds in the couple's home in the suburb of Atlantic City. She declined to release more details about him.
Apart from Dr. Kauffman and Augello, Joseph Mulholland of Villas, New Jersey; Beverly Augello; Glenn Seeler of Sanford, North Carolina; Paul Pagano of Egg Harbor Township; Tabitha Chapman of Absecon, New Jersey; and Cheryl Pizza of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, were also arrested in connection to the case. During the search at his medical practice, Kauffman allegedly confronted the officers while brandishing a Ruger 9mm handgun.
Authorities brought in a hostage negotiator and ultimately brought Kauffman into custody on weapons charges.More news: Face of the Red Fort terror attack suspect caught after 17 years
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