9 indicted after bodies found in Camden yard

February 16, 2011 1:19:38 PM PST
Nine people have been indicted on murder and related charges in the brutal deaths of a couple found buried in the yard of a Camden home.

Each defendant faces at least one murder count in the 22-count indictment made public Wednesday. It was handed up earlier this month by a Camden County grand jury.

The charges stem from the deaths of 23-year-old Michael Hawkins of Mount Holly and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Muriah Huff of Cinnaminson, in February 2010.

Authorities say Hawkins was beaten, shot and fatally stabbed in a gang-related dispute. The assailants allegedly beat Huff with a broken chair, stabbed and strangled her.

A tenth defendant, now 15 years old, agreed to have her case waived to adult court and pleaded guilty in May to aggravated manslaughter.