A Vineland man’s plea to reduce his bail on murder charges was denied Friday by a judge in Gloucester County.

Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson kept bail at $1.5 million for Jon O. Nordberg, 41, who is charged with the March 31 killing of John McConnell, 54, in Franklinville.

Norberg is charged with co-defendants David J. Buss, of Glassboro, Valerie G. Niessner, of Sewell, and Amanda C. Rickerd, of Mantua.

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Senior Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Audrey Curwin objected to any decrease in bail, citing a criminal record that dates to 1992.

Curwin said Nordberg was a friend of McConnell and knew he’d had a disabling accident, no longer worked because of his injuries and lived alone in a log cabin with no phone or computer and had no car, according to a statement from the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.

McConnell was receiving an annuity from an insurance settlement related to his accident and the prosecution contends Nordberg and his codefendants “decided to go in there and get that money from him,”  Curwin said.

“They took his property and went back to Mr. Nordberg’s residence,” she said. Two safes in the McConnell residence were broken into and one was found in a lake near Vineland, she told the court.

McConnell's death resulted from having his mouth duct-taped and his hands tied behind his back with zip ties so that he “basically suffocated to death,” Curwin said. A brother found his body in a bathroom.

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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