Atlantic County Man Convicted of 2015 Shooting Homicide

MAYS LANDING –An Atlantic County jury has convicted Dennis Munoz of the murder in the fatal shooting of Michael Black, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

Officials say Munoz, 40, was found guilty of the following charges:

First degree Murder
Second degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun
Second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
First degree Witness Tampering
Second degree Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Person

Officials say, Munoz’ co-defendant, Edwin Velasquez,45, of Atlantic City, was acquitted of charges that he was a co-conspirator and accomplice to the murder.

In response to a 9-1-1 call received at 7:39 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2015, officials say Hamilton Township Police, Township of Hamilton Rescue personnel and AtlantiCare paramedics responded to a home on the 5900 block of Elmhurst Drive, Mays Landing.

Upon arrival, police found Michael Black, 31, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Black was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center—City Division, where he was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy performed the next morning by Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office Dr. Daksha Shah determined that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest, and that the manner of death was homicide according to officials.

The investigation by detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Hamilton Township Police Department led to the arrest in Galloway Township on November 10, 2015 of Dennis J. Munoz, now 37, of Theresa Court, Galloway Township.