NJ Man Indicted in Drowning Death

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013  |  Updated 9:03 PM EDT
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NJ Man Indicted in Drowning Death

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A southern New Jersey man accused of drowning another man in a creek during a fight last year has been indicted on murder charges.

Eric Thomas of Eastampton was also charged with endangering an injured victim in the indictment handed up earlier this month by a Burlington County grand jury. It was made public Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the 26-year-old Thomas held 29-year-old Lemuel Reyes Jr. of Mount Holly under water in Rancocas Creek during their Dec. 15 fight and didn't let go until he died. They say the struggle started on a nearby street and carried over to the creek.

Reyes had argued with Thomas and some of his friends that night, but authorities haven't said what the dispute was about.

Thomas remains jailed on $100,000 bail.

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