MAYS LANDING – The Cape May County man responsible for shooting and killing April Kauffman in 2012, died as a result of a heroin overdose just over one year after April Kauffman’s death, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
On October 8, 2013, Francis Mullholland, 46, was found dead at his home in the Villas section of Lower Township. Officers from the Lower Township Police Department responded to the scene where they found Francis Mullholland, laying on the living room floor, deceased. Officers located a blue wax fold marked “PitBull” that tested positive for heroin and a syringe.
Ferdinand Augello propositioned a number of individuals to murder April Kauffman. These individuals were all Pagans, former Pagans or associated with the Pagans. He was unsuccessful for almost a year and James Kauffman was getting restless when Ferdinand Augello found Francis Mullholland. It is believed that Francis Mullholland received a ride to the Kauffman residence in the early morning hours of May 10, 2012. The doors were left open and Francis Mullholland was given a gun. He went inside, shot April Kauffman twice, killing her, and then left.
It is believed there was payment made to both Francis Mullholland and Ferdinand Augello. It is unknown if this payment was in the form of cash, drugs or both. Francis Mullholland has stated that he received approximately $20,000 in cash for his role, though this number has been speculated at being higher. The money was picked up on the day of the murder by Ferdinand Augello’s ex-wife, Beverly Augello along with additional scripts. The scripts were used to obtain drugs that day and the money was given to Ferdinand Augello.
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