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CAMDEN CITY NJ March 11,2015 ( County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a homicide at a Camden business.

Antonio Cunningham, M/44, of Camden, is charged with first-degree Murder in the death of Harry J. Hogans, Jr.

Camden County Police were dispatched around 4:53 a.m. on February 24th to the River Road Trucking Company on the 1700 block of River Road in Camden for a report of an unconscious male who was bleeding from the mouth.  Hogans, M/66, of Camden, was found lying unresponsive in a reclining chair in the company office. He was taken to Cooper University Hospital where he was pronounced dead around 5:27 a.m.  An autopsy revealed the cause of Hogans’ death to be blunt force trauma to the head.

During the course of the investigation, a witness told detectives that Hogans was an employee of the trucking company and lived at the business with Cunningham.  It was indicated that Cunningham performed odd jobs for the trucking company.  The witness stated that around midnight on February 24th he provided Hogans with approximately $500 in cash that was sorted into envelopes.  Hogans was to distribute this money to the truck drivers the next morning for the purpose of paying tolls.

Based on surveillance video as well as statements from several witnesses and the defendant, detectives believe Cunningham fatally beat Hogans and fled the business with the money.  It is unclear at this time what kind of weapon, if any, was used in the commission of the killing.

Cunningham was taken into custody around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at a residence on the 1600 block of S. 6th Street in Camden by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Regional Task Force.

Cunningham will be arraigned at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in courtroom 36 before Superior Court Judge Edward J. McBride, Jr.

All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Released Tuesday, March 10, 2015.