Judge Howard E. Freed speaks via video Monday to Lorin Wright, 31, during Wright’s first hearing at the Atlantic County Criminal Court Complex in Mays Landing in the killing Sunday of Keith Cundiff Jr. in Atlantic City. See video from the hearing at

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A judge decided Thursday that Atlantic City Mother’s Day fatal shooting suspect Lorin Wright should remain in the Atlantic County jail.

A detention hearing was held for Wright, 31, of Atlantic City, and Atlantic County Superior Court Judge John Rauh ordered him detained, court officials said.

Lorin Wright, of Ohio Avenue, is accused of killing Keith Cundiff Jr., 32, of North Virginia Avenue, and his murder charge carries a possible sentence of 30 years to life. Wright also is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Each charge carries a potential sentence of as many as 10 years in state prison.

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Wright appeared in court via video for his first appearance Monday but was there in person for the detention hearing, court officials said.

He will appear in court again in the next 60 days for a pre-indictment conference, court officials said.

An overnight investigation Sunday into Monday resulted in the arrest of Wright, who was found inside a home on the 1000 block of Brights Court by city police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit after they executed a search warrant, according to a statement by Prosecutor Damon Tyner.

Police found Cundiff after they responded to a 911 call about a shooting at 2:49 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of North Maryland Avenue, the Prosecutor’s Office said. AtlantiCare paramedics and city EMS personnel also responded.

Attorney J. David Meyer represented Wright for Thursday’s court appearance, and Atlantic County Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey represented the state, court officials said.

Cundiff’s killing was the third in less than two weeks in Atlantic City’s Marina District.

David Blackwell Jr., 31, of Hammonton, was found fatally shot at 10:15 p.m. May 5 in the 800 block of North Virginia Avenue.

Anthony A. Jordan, 28, of Atlantic City, was found shot to death at 5:30 a.m. May 11 in a parked car in the 1000 block of Brigantine Boulevard.

No arrests have been made in those slayings.

Marty Small, 2nd Ward city councilman and mayoral candidate, will hold a town hall meeting for Marina District residents at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Brigantine Homes Community Center, 1062 Brigantine Blvd., Atlantic City.

Tyner, police Chief Henry White and representatives of the FBI and State Police will attend.

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