CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A Cape May County grand jury has indicted two men on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the September 2011 death of Khalil Wallace.
Wallace, 19, once a standout football player for Rowan University and father to a young girl, was last seen Sept. 20 getting into a van outside a Washington Avenue store in Woodbine. Three weeks later, Oct. 6, his body was found in a quarry lake in Downe Township, Cumberland County.
On Tuesday, the grand jury issued a 17-count indictment charging Andre R. Gross, 28, and Norman T. Gray, 26, both of Millville, with a series of first-degree crimes including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, felony murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and gang criminality.
The indictment also named a third suspect, identified as B.C. in court records, as an unindicted co-defendant. He is Boris Curwin, 19, Cape May County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Rob Johnson said. Curwin is being held on $1 million bail on murder, kidnappng and conspiracy charges at the Cape May County jail, but Johnson said his case could be resolved without an indictment.
The grand jury found that Wallace was shot to death in Woodbine inside the van.
Gross, who is being held at the Salem County jail in lieu of $1 million bail, is charged with luring Wallace into the vehicle in Woodbine.
In court hearings, the Prosecutor’s Office has said the van was rented by a woman at Gross’ request. Police said Wallace was seen climbing into the van on video-surveillance cameras and by witnesses at the scene.
After Wallace was killed, prosecutors said, Wallace’s body was then taken to Cumberland County. Cellphone usage by the suspects helped investigators locate the body.
The van was later set on fire and abandoned in Philadelphia.
Gross, Gray and the unindicted co-defendant are also charged with several weapons offenses, including possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
The indictment alleges that the men were in possession of a gun capable of firing .38-caliber rounds as well as a 9mm handgun.
The three men are also charged with disturbing, moving or concealing human remains, a second-degree crime, and conspiring to do so.
Prosecutors said an autopsy found Wallace had been shot three times with two different weapons, a 9mm handgun and a .38-caliber handgun.
Wallace played wide receiver for Rowan, where he was named Offensive Rookie of the Week in the New Jersey Athletic Conference in 2010 , but he was not attending Rowan at the time of his death.
When he disappeared, family members posted fliers asking for information in Woodbine and Millville, where he graduated from high school.
Gray is being held in state prison for a parole violation in connection with a previous robbery conviction.
A fourth man, Tyshawn Milledge, is also charged in the indictment with hindering the apprehension of Gross, Gray and Curwin.
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