Prosecutor: Pemberton, NJ Man Indicted; Accused of Fatally Shooting Cousin
A Pemberton Township man has been indicted on charges for allegedly fatally shooting his cousin during an argument in February.
Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina says 29-year-old Antwian Warthen is facing first-degree murder and weapon-related charges.
Warthen, who lives in Browns Mills, has been held in the Burlington County Jail since being arrested shortly after the incident.
The investigation began on February 19 at approximately 9:15 p.m. when Pemberton Township police officers were dispatched to Warthen’s home for a report of a man severely bleeding, possibly due to a stab wound. Upon arrival, they were informed that Warthen had just transported his cousin, Horace Warthen, 39, of Burlington City, to Capital Health at Deborah - Emergency Services. Police responding to the medical center were told that Horace Warthen had been pronounced dead by a physician after arriving at the facility a short time earlier.
According to authorities, Antwian Warthen was at the hospital when police arrived but left. He was later found in a nearby neighborhood and taken into custody for questioning.
Coffina says, "the investigation revealed that Antwian Warthen shot Horace Warthen during an argument inside the residence, then drove him to the hospital to receive treatment."
The indictment was returned on August 3rd. An arraignment will be held soon in Superior Court.
The public is reminded that an indictment is an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in a court of law.