New Jersey law enforcement officials take serious violent criminal charges extremely seriously and the State will certainly attempt to prosecute defendants to the fullest extent of the law. When cases are particularly “heinous,” prosecutors build their cases methodically, leaving no stone unturned in trying to secure a conviction.
It’s essential that if you or someone you care about is facing serious criminal charges in South Jersey, you need to retain an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney like Stephen R. Piper immediately.
Here is a particular example of a case in which tireless criminal defense is necessary.
Police believe that a woman named Fatima Perez failed to show up at work one day in early 2015. Her relatives were immediately notified. They contacted police right away, aware that she was carrying $8,000 in cash on her that morning.
A few days later, New Jersey police charged two men, Carlos Alicea-Antonetti of Camden NJ and Ramon Ortiz of Pennsauken NJ, with kidnapping Perez and murdering her by burying her alive. Bail was set at $5 million for each man. They were later indicted by a Camden County grand jury on the criminal charges. They are currently in jail awaiting trials. If the suspects are ultimately convicted, they will each face life in state prison without parole.
Perez didn’t survive the crime that Camden County Assistant Prosecutor Christine Shah called “particularly heinous and depraved.” Shah made the strong statement during the arraignments of Alicea-Antonetti, a 57-year-old landscaper, and his employee, 36-year-old Ortiz.
Police were immediately looking for the duo after Perez’s family said they thought she might have been with Alicea-Antonetti. The landscaper had apparently done work for the Perez family in the past. They found both men in a Cherry Hill Township hotel room with over $7,000 in cash and a cell phone. The older defendant reported to police that he and Perez had argued in his car, causing Perez to fall out of the vehicle and hurt herself. She then allegedly got back into the car.
According to police reports, the men tied up Perez with duct tape and drove to a rural area. A probable cause affidavit states: “Alicea-Antonetti pulled off the roadway. Ortiz took a shovel from the van and dug the grave, as his boss directed him.” They allegedly buried the woman, mother to two children, alive. Police said Ortiz brought them to the shallow grave in Monroe, New Jersey after being questioned. An autopsy later confirmed that Perez died of asphyxiation.
If you are facing criminal charges for murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, aggravated assault or any other violent crime in New Jersey, it is imperative that you hire an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer to fight for your rights and freedom. Contact the Law Firm of Stephen R. Piper today for a consultation about your charges.