Alleged Casino Kidnappers Say They Didn't Murder Man

Suspects had to be separated in prison after trying to communicate, authorities say

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Wednesday, Jun 9, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 PM EDT
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Alleged Casino Kidnappers Say They Didn't Murder Man

NBCPhiladelphia.com

Craig Arno and Jessica Kisby pleaded not guilty Wednesday to kidnapping and carjacking Martin Caballero from an Atlantic City Casino back on May 21.

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The couple accused of carjacking and kidnapping a man from inside an Atlantic City casino parking garage say they're not responsible for his death.

Craig Arno, 44, and Jessica Kisby, 24, pleaded not guilty to murdering Martin Caballero at a preliminary hearing inside an Atlantic County courtroom Wednesday. The suspects previously pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and carjacking charges.

The couple allegedly stabbed the 47-year-old North Jersey man to death after kidnapping him from the parking garage of the Trump Taj Mahal on May 21, prosecutors say.

Caballero was missing for more than a week when his body was found lying in a farmer's field in Hamilton Township, N.J.

The prosecution has ponied up a slew of evidence against both suspects including surveillance video after the alleged abduction, wounds on Arno's body and even other crimes committed in the days after Caballero's disappearance.

Arno's accused of committing an armed robbery at a Dunkin' Donuts a day before the kidnapping, prosecutors say. He's also charged with holding up a K-Mart at knifepoint three days after Caballero's disappearance.

Both suspects were also charged with stealing a van from outside Arno's home in Atlantic City.

Arno and Kisby are each being held on $2 million cash bail.

Authorities also announced Wednesday that they have transferred Arno from the Atlantic County Jail to a facility in Salem County after he attempted to conspire with Kisby in prison.

Arno allegedly tried to recruit inmates to pass messages between him and Kisby.

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