2 Plead Guilty in Burning Car Murder of NJ Man

Two former New Jersey residents who were captured in Cuba after fleeing the country pleaded guilty this week in the slaying of a southern New Jersey man whose body was found in a burning car over two years ago.

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013  |  Updated 1:45 PM EDT
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2 Plead Guilty in Burning Car Murder of NJ Man

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Ross Heimlich's body was found in a burning car in September of 2010.

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Two former New Jersey residents who were captured in Cuba after fleeing the country pleaded guilty this week  in the slaying of a southern New Jersey man whose body was found in a burning car over two years ago.

On Wednesday, Diane Camacho, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and agreed to testify against co-conspirator Denis Catania, 51. The next day, Catania pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter.

The third conspirator, 38-year-old Damien Leo, pleaded guilty in May, 2012 to manslaughter and agreed to testify against Camacho and Catania.

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Atlantic County prosecutors say the three conspired to kill Ross Heimlich, a 23-year-old Somerdale resident who sustained blunt force trauma. His body was found in September 2010 inside a burning vehicle.

Leo was arrested in August of 2011 in Philadelphia and extradited to Atlantic County.

Catania and Camacho fled New Jersey shortly after the murder occurred. They first went to Florida, then traveled to various Caribbean countries before being apprehended in Cuba in September of 2011.

All three people are scheduled for sentencing on August 22.

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