- Associated Press - Monday, October 5, 2015

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man shot his stepfather in a car as they and another man were headed home from a trip, then dumped the body on a central New Jersey roadway, prosecutors said Monday.

Julio Ramos, 21, is charged with murder and weapons offenses in New Jersey in the slaying of 39-year-old Damon Cruz. A passer-by found the body around 6:30 a.m. Saturday in Piscataway.

The car’s owner, 20-year-old Jerry Burk, is charged with hindering the investigation by dumping the body, Middlesex County prosecutors said. He’s also charged with tampering with evidence for allegedly cleaning his car after the shooting occurred.

All three men are from Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Authorities have not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting or said where it happened.



Investigators say the three men were returning from a trip to New York when Ramos shot his stepfather in the car while riding on Interstate 287. Ramos and Burk then left the highway and drove to Centennial Avenue in Piscataway. They then allegedly dumped the body and went home to Allentown.

Ramos and Burk were both arrested there and were being held Monday at the Lehigh County Jail in Pennsylvania awaiting extradition to New Jersey. It was not known if either man has retained an attorney who could comment on their behalf.

Burk’s bail was set at $100,000, but bail has not yet been set for Ramos.

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