CAMDEN, NJ — A Camden County grand jury indicted two men on charges of kidnapping and murder of Curtis Jenkins III, the grandson of the Camden City council president.
Brandon Beverly, 32, of Westville, and Jalen Carr, 22, of Sicklerville, were indicted on charges of felony murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, as well as numerous weapons charges, related to the late June incident.
An additional charge of knowing and purposeful murder went against Beverly, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Camden County Police Department said.
A multi-agency search involving the FBI and New Jersey State Police for the missing 20-year-old Jenkins concluded at about 10 p.m. on July 2, just days after the effort began, when the victim's body was found inside an abandoned garage on the 1100 block of Liberty Street in Camden.
Authorities believe that Jenkins was abducted and thrown in a van while making a food delivery on the night of June 30 in the Fairview neighborhood.
Jenkins' family reported him missing in the early morning hours the next day after he did not return home.
An affidavit for the arrest of Beverly on July 2 revealed that members of the Jenkins family said they had been contacted by kidnappers, who would only release Jenkins if a ransom demand was met for 10 to 15 of pounds marijuana. A photo of Jenkins, blindfolded and hands tied, was sent to one of the family members.
Jenkins would be found by authorities wrapped in a sheet with a plastic bag over his head. The medical examiner's office for Gloucester, Camden, and Salem counties ruled his death as a homicide by asphyxiation.
It is alleged the voice on the ransom call belongs to Beverly, who police located at his home and brought in on an unrelated warrant.
Police determined that the phone used in the ransom demands to Jenkins' family was stolen during a home invasion on Kaighn Avenue. An attempt to identify the second suspect of that robbery led to the arrest of Carr on July 5, a day after police shared surveillance images with the public.
Both men were denied bail at July 11 detention hearings and ordered to be held in the Camden County jail until trial.