CAMDEN, NJ — Two Camden brothers were found guilty Wednesday in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old in November 2018, Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer announced Thursday.
The trial for brothers Curtis Miller, 26, and Ryan Wilkins, 24, began on Jan. 7.
After two days of deliberation, the men were found guilty in connection to the murder of Thomas Reyes. They were also charged with conspiracy to commit murder, accomplice to murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Officers from the Camden County Police Department, “initially found Reyes suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on the 1000 block of Carl Miller Blvd. in Camden on Nov. 20, 2018, following a ShotSpotter activation."
Reyes was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
An investigation team, led by Det. James Brining, Sgt. Gordon Harvey and Detective Shawn Donlon, tracked down surveillance footage, "that captured the defendants fleeing the scene of the homicide in a vehicle they later abandoned on a nearby street.”
Other surveillance footage showed Miller and Wilkins discarding their clothing as they fled.
According to testimony during the trial by FBI Agent William Shute, cell phone records placed Miller in the area at the time of the shooting.
Acting Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Spittal, who represented the state at trial, also presented evidence that showed that Miller contacted the registered vehicle owner after the shooting and told them to report the vehicle stolen.
Curtis Miller’s discarded clothing was also tested positive for gunshot residue, authorities said.
Both men face between 30 years and life in prison.
They are scheduled for sentencing on March 26 before the Honorable Judge Gwendolyn Blue.