BRIDGETON — Four men have been indicted in the shooting death of a city resident in April.

Police still have not commented on why 40-year-old Kevin Pierce was shot to death inside his Horton Street home.

However, criminal complaints released by authorities said at least two of the men arrested in connection with Pierce’s death “conspired with others to commit robbery with the intent to steal narcotics and money.”

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On Friday, the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office announced the indictments of Millville residents Jordan Davis, 19, Edward M. Copes, 32, and Leon Sanders, 28, and 25-year-old Vineland resident Jeremy D. Smith.

A Cumberland County grand jury handed up indictments that include charges of murder, felony murder, robbery, conspiracy, burglary and weapons offenses. All four defendants remain lodged in the Cumberland County jail, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

According to city police and the Prosecutor’s Office, the incident occurred about 10 p.m. on April 20. Pierce was taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where he died the following day, police said.

Police also said a 40-year-old woman, April Carper, was held at gunpoint during the incident. Carper, whom police said was Pierce’s girlfriend, escaped Pierce’s house after the shooting and was not injured.

All of the defendants were arrested as part of an investigation by the Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Cumberland County Organized Crime Bureau.

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