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7 Indicted in Connection With New Jersey Radio Show Host's Killing to Allegedly Cover Up Drug Ring

Seven people have been indicted in connection with the slaying of a New Jersey radio show host whose murder was allegedly arranged by her late husband to prevent her from exposing an illegal drug ring he was running with an outlaw biker gang.

Atlantic County prosecutors announced the indictments Wednesday, a day after they were handed up by a county grand jury in the death of April Kauffman.

Ferdinand Augello, who authorities say led the drug ring with Dr. James Kauffman, was indicted on numerous counts including murder, attempted murder and leader of a drug trafficking network. Augello's public defender couldn't be reached for comment.

James Kauffman had faced similar charges before he was found dead in his jail cell in an apparent suicide in January.

The remaining six defendants face racketeering, conspiracy and drug distribution charges related to the drug ring. Click here for a full list of charges.

"This office looks forward to presenting the facts of this case to a jury for them to determine culpability for this heinous scheme,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said.

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