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Murder Suspect Robert Springer Denied Bail Reduction

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The lawyer for Robert Springer (DOB 6/28/88) claimed there may be “elements of mitigation” in the case.

Attorney Leonard Grasso asked Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson to lower Springer’s bail to $50,000. Grasso said his client, a Gloucester County Institute of Technology graduate who is unemployed and on social security disability, had been held in jail for six months.

Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Michelle Jeneby objected to any lower bail for Springer, noting that he should be considered a risk of absconding since he fled after the alleged homicide. With him were his twin sister, Jessica, charged with tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension, and another occupant of the car.

The murder case remains an “ongoing investigation” with detectives looking into cell phone records and other possible witnesses, Jeneby said.

The victim, Eddie Lee Warthen, of Gibbstown, was struck twice by a four-door sedan about 4:30 a.m. on 5/18/14. He was pronounced dead at Cooper Medical Center in Camden about two hours later.


Judge Allen-Jackson said Springer’s current bail “is a reasonable amount for the allegation of a homicide” and added she is also concerned that he may be a “flight risk.”