A jury of five men and seven women found Ferdinand "Freddy" Augello guilty of racketeering, leader of a drug trafficking network, distribution of CDS, conspiracy to distribute CDS, the 2012 murder April Kauffman and conspiracy to commit murder.
While the verdict was being read, Kim Pack, April Kauffman's daughter, collapsed and started crying. While being handcuffed, Augello proclaimed to the court room his innocence and cast blame on Joseph Mulholland.
“While they might say justice was not swift in this matter, a jury determined that it was fair," Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said. "It is my hope that April’s family will now be able to find some measure of peace, knowing that those responsible for their loved one’s death have all been punished in one form or another.”
Immediately following the verdict, Pack and her supporters left the court room and did not speak to reporters.
Augello, 62, of Upper Township, will be sentenced on Dec. 5. Prosecutors said Augello could face up to a 100 years in prison.
“I don’t think much of Jim Kauffman. His legacy is all the tragedy he left behind ... by his mispractice of medicine," Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said after the verdict.
Judge Bernard DeLury said the gag order is lifted.
After the verdict, Donna Clementoni, a fellow veterans advocate and friend of April Kauffman, said she was still processing her emotions.
“I think the spirit of April got lost in all of the trial. My thought is just for us to take a breath and remember why we loved her so much and what was taken from us,” said Clementoni, reached by phone. “I wasn’t sitting in judgement. I was just trying to find my friend in that trial. I want to remember her heart and all the good things that she did. I loved her.”
Linwood mayor Rick DePamphilis said that after six years, he was glad that the case was closed.
“I’m glad they came back quick with a verdict. I guess we can get on. I’m glad for her daughter who has been through hell,” DePamphilis said. “I think probably all of Linwood is glad it’s over.”
3:30 p.m.: The courtroom is full. DeLury said the jurors have reached a verdict, less than two hours after deliberations began.
12:30 p.m.: Judge Bernard DeLury charged the jury, and the jury will enter deliberations after a lunch recess.
10:45 a.m.: “It’s hard to talk about this case without talking about him as a witness," Levy says of Augello, referring to the recordings.
Levy says he's going to play less that five minutes that "show guilty this defendant really is."
“What does he call James Kauffman over and over and over again? What does he call the witnesses? Rats, not liars.” Levy said.
Before asking the jury to find Augello guilty, Levy said Augello's crimes had caught up to him, his "hands dripping red with the blood of April Kauffman.”
10:30 a.m.: Levy referenced to the jury that they don't have to like co-defendant Joseph Mulholland.
“It made him look bad, but he told you the truth,” Levy said, referring to his testimony that he was offered money to kill April Kauffman, but then drove Francis to kill her.
“This defendant is on tape saying, 'The shooter is gone, the gun is gone’…How does this defendant know the gun is gone?” Levy said.
"The recording statements don’t take plea deals…All they do is record what this defendant says,” Levy said, adding that Augello was obsessed with Kauffman's death.
10:15 a.m.: Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy opened his closing statements before the jury.
“Ignore it. Run from it. Hide from it. Responsibly will always find you," he said.
“In this trial, the defendant’s responsibility has caught up with him,” Levy said, pointing to Augello. He's not using the podium, but pacing in front of the jury box.
“They’ve thrown out a number of stories,” Levy said the of the defense, that Glick is behind the drug ring. “Ladies and gentleman, I don’t care about what you think about Andrew Glick the man,” instead to focus on Glick the witness, and if he’s honest, he said.
10 a.m.: “He talked big, but you saw his shop,” Linehan said of Fred Augello, calling it a “working man’s garage.”
“Fred has no money, no means, no opportunity," she said.
“Be skeptical of the power wielded here,” Linehan said as she ends her closing. "Find Fred Augello not guilty."
9:40 a.m.: Linehan calls the witness testimony of the former co-defendants as “rambling accounts of criminality."
“Prosecution by multiple choice is not a becoming prospect; it demeans this institution," Linehan repeats several times, talking about the "blank spaces" that the state didn't fill in.
Linehan called the white sneakers the state points to in the surveillance footage and at Francis Mulholland's home “hardly a smoking gun."
9:30 a.m.: Linehan went over direct and circumstantial evidence and what it means to know something beyond a reasonable doubt.
These stories that these paid witnesses are telling are inconsistent, Linehan argued.
“It is freedom at stake,” Linehan said, banging her hand on the podium once.
All the evidence the state has points to Andrew Glick, Linehan said.
“The case is made for the defense in the empty space,” she said, calling Glick a con-man and Glenn Seeler and Nazi sympathizer.
“Knowing Andrew Glick is not a crime – maybe it should be,” Linehan said, saying that Glick is walking away from multiple charges because of his testimony.
She’s going over the credibility of witnesses.
9:15 a.m.: Mary Linehan, defense attorney for Augello, is first up with closing arguments. She is picking apart each of the state's witnesses.
"You’ve learned that no one looked all that closely when Francis Mulholland died," Linehan said.
“I called this case too big to fail,” Linehan said, referring back to her opening statement. Now, she called it "a great big multiple choice test."
PHOTOS: April Kauffman murder trial
A jury of five men and seven women found Ferdinand "Freddy" Augello guilty of racketeering, leader of a drug trafficking network, distribution of CDS, conspiracy to distribute CDS, the 2012 murder April Kauffman and conspiracy to commit murder of James Kauffman.