Murder trial starts for man charged in radio host’s slaying
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A former motorcycle gang leader has testified 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.
Former Pagans chapter president Andrew Glick was the first witness called Monday in the trial of Ferdinand Augello, who has pleaded not guilty in the 2012 shooting of April Kauffman at her Linwood home.
Atlantic County prosecutors allege that Augello and the victim’s husband, Dr. James Kauffman, wanted to stop her from exposing an OxyContin ring allegedly run by the doctor and the gang. Prosecutors allege that another man, Francis Mullholland, was driven to the home, where the doors were left open, and given a gun. April Kauffman, 47, was shot twice and her body was found by a handyman. Mullholland, who authorities said was paid about $20,000, was later found dead of a drug overdose.
Glick, who has been cooperating with authorities since his arrest in November on weapons and drugs charges, said the victim’s husband feared she would divorce him or blackmail him about the ring.
“He wasn’t going to give her half of his wealth, which was almost $5 million,” Glick testified.
Augello is also charged with trying to have James Kauffman killed behind bars. James Kauffman was found dead in his cell in January in an apparent suicide.
Chief Assistant Atlantic County Prosecutor Seth Levy portrayed Augello as the ringleader of “an empire” that clashed with that of Kauffman’s, “an empire built on lies.”
Lead defense attorney Mary Linehan countered that prosecutors think their case is “just too big to fail.” Linehan said April Kauffman died violently at the hands of her husband, “and this much has been known since 2012.”