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Pennsville Man Charged with Murder After Police Find Victim’s Dead Body in Closet

Pennsville Township

A 31-year-old Pennsville man was arrested and charged with murder Monday evening.

According to police, officers responded to Penn Terrace Apartments at approximately 7 p.m. for reports of a possible murder.

A preliminary investigation indicated that a fight between Dante A. Spence, 31, of Pennsville, and the 45-year-old victim ensued leading up to the murder.

According reports, Spence allegedly stabbed and then beat the Salem man with a baseball bat and hid the victim's body in a closet as he reportedly cleaned up the blood from apartment.

Police arrested and charged Spence with murder, aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault and other offenses.

The Penns Grove Police Department, the New Jersey State Police Crime Scene Unit along with the Salem County Prosecutor's Office is assisting the Pennsville Police Department in the investigation