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New Jersey violent crime results in murder charges

A six-year-old cold case has finally resulted in criminal charges for a husband alleged to be involved with his wife's murder. The woman, a well-known New Jersey radio host, was shot in her home in 2012. After the initial investigation of the violent crime went cold, authorities now say that they have enough evidence to charge the woman's husband. 

The man was arrested at his home in June of last year and has remained in jail ever since his arrest. During the incident, he allegedly pulled a gun on police, which was caught on camera. In addition to murder-for-hire charges, the man faces racketeering charges due to apparently using his medical practice to traffic Oxycontin. 

Supposedly, the wife had found out about the drug trafficking and said that she was going to leave him and expose the crime. That's when, investigators say, the man reached out to members of a motorcycle gang with an offer to pay to have his wife killed. The woman was later found dead in her home, shot twice, in 2012. No arrests immediately followed the crime, but recently, after the cold case was revived, the husband was targeted. 

It has been said that, when a violent crime occurs in the home, investigators first look to those closest to the victim. The arrest of the New Jersey doctor follows that model, but the delay in the arrest could show that evidence for the crime has been hard to come by. In any case, the burden of proof rests with the state to demonstrate the man's responsibility for the crime. He will have the opportunity to defend himself when he has his day in court. Other individuals facing similar charges have typically chosen to defend themselves with the aid of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Source: ABC News, "Popular New Jersey radio host killed in alleged murder-for-hire plot, husband among those charged", Josh Margolin, Lauren Effron, Keturah Gray, Eamon McNiff and Jen Joseph, Jan. 10, 2018

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