Closing arguments conclude in slaying of radio show host

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — Closing arguments have concluded in the murder trial of a man charged in the killing of a New Jersey radio show host in an alleged plot to prevent her from exposing a drug ring.

Ferdinand Augello is charged in the 2012 shooting of April Kauffman at her Linwood home.

Atlantic County prosecutors say Augello and the woman’s husband, Dr. James Kauffman, wanted to stop her from exposing a drug ring allegedly run by the doctor and a motorcycle gang.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy Levy told jurors Augello used his former co-defendants as “pawns on a chessboard” to protect and enrich himself.

Defense attorney Mary Linehan questioned the reliability of the state’s witnesses. She says the state’s evidence points to their star witness, Andrew Glick, a former gang official turned informant.

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