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Investigators Say Man Slain Over $8 Gambling Pot

January 3, 1986

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) _ A man charged with killing another man over an $8 gambling pot was unable to fire the murder weapon until he got instructions from the person who gave him the gun, a prosecutor said Friday.

Walter Mickens, 28, was charged with killing Dorin F. McKnight, 20, on Dec. 23 when both were pitching quarters, said Assistant Camden County Prosecutor James P. Lynch.

When Mickens and McKnight quarreled over the gambling proceeds, Mickens went to a third person at the scene, Russell Arthur Robinson III, for a .25- caliber automatic pistol and attempted to fire at McKnight.

″The gun didn’t discharge and he was instructed by Mr. Robinson to pull the slide back,″ Lynch said.

McKnight was shot in the back, and police found Mickens searching the victim’s pockets when they arrived, Lynch said. McKnight pointed to Mickens as his assailant before being taken to Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center, where he died several hours later, he said.

Aggravated assault charges against Mickens were changed to murder the next day, and Robinson was arrested and charged on Dec. 26 with murder as an accomplice, Lynch said.

Both are being held on bail in Camden County Jail awaiting action by the grand jury.

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