MAYS LANDING — The Ventnor woman charged in the July fatal nightstick-killing and robbery of her mother and grandmother in their Ventnor high-rise condo has pleaded not guilty.

Heather Barbera, 42, appeared before Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr. Friday morning for a post-indictment arraignment where her attorney, Matthew Leonard, entered the plea.

Leonard waived a formal reading of the charges and said they had already received paper discovery but were waiting for interviews.

First Assistant Prosecutor Cary Shill, who represents the state in the case, said he would provide discovery to the defense as soon as possible, adding there may be some DNA evidence in the case but that it was “not crucial to the case.”

Barbera, who was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of first-degree murder, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and first-degree robbery by inflicting bodily injury Oct. 17, was remanded to the Atlantic County jail after her less than five minute appearance.

Elaine Rosen, 87, and her daughter, Michelle Gordon, 67, were found dead at 10:25 a.m. July 8 inside a condo at Vassar Square Arms luxury condominiums at 4800 Boardwalk. Richard Rosen, 50, of Brooklyn, New York, said he found the bodies after he was unable to reach his sister and mother by phone.

For both victims, the cause of death was multiple blunt-impact injuries and the manner of death was homicide, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.

Barbera was extradited from New York, where police said she fled after the double homicide. She was arrested by New York City police July 11 at the Midtown Manhattan Port Authority and was held in the Rose M. Singer women’s facility on Rikers Island.

Barbera is scheduled to appear for a status conference at 9 a.m. Nov. 29 before DeLury.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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