MAYS LANDING — A Ventnor woman has been indicted by a grand jury in the July murder of her mother and grandmother, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said Wednesday.

Heather Barbera, 42, was indicted Oct. 17 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, Tyner said.

She is being housed at the Atlantic County jail and is scheduled to appear in court for a post-indictment arraignment Friday before Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr.

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, 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 confessed to killing Rosen and Gordon after her New York City arrest, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Conviction of a first-degree crime carries a possible sentence of 10 to 20 years in state prison.

Contact: 609-272-7241 Mbilinski@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressMollyB

Staff Writer

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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