MAYS LANDING –An Atlantic County jury has convicted Dennis Munoz of the murder in the fatal shooting of Michael Black, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Munoz, 40, was found guilty of the following charges:
- First degree Murder
- Second degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun
- Second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
- First degree Witness Tampering
- Second degree Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Person
Munoz’ co-defendant, Edwin Velasquez,45, of Atlantic City, was acquitted of charges that he was a co-conspirator and accomplice to the murder.
In response to a 9-1-1 call received at 7:39 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2015, Hamilton Township Police, Township of Hamilton Rescue personnel and AtlantiCare paramedics responded to a home on the 5900 block of Elmhurst Drive, Mays Landing. Upon arrival, police found Michael Black, 31, suffering from a gunshot wound.
Black was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center—City Division, where he was later pronounced dead.
An autopsy performed the next morning by Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office Dr. Daksha Shah determined that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest, and that the manner of death was homicide.
The investigation by detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Hamilton Township Police Department led to the arrest in Galloway Township on November 10, 2015 of Dennis J. Munoz, now 37, of Theresa Court, Galloway Township.
Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey represents the state. Sentencing is scheduled for June 12, 2019.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.