Camden man sentenced for double slaying

Posted: September 14, 2012

A Camden man was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for his part in the February 2010 slaying of a Burlington County couple.

Keenan Wideman, 19, of Pennsauken, pleaded guilty in June to two counts of aggravated manslaughter for the slayings of Michael Hawkins, 23, of Mount Holly, and Muriah Huff, 18, of Cinnaminson.

Wideman, who was sentenced in Camden County Superior Court, was among 10 defendants charged. He admitted that he beat Hawkins with a baseball bat after Hawkins survived several gunshot wounds and twice stabbed Huff before she was fatally choked by others with a jump rope.

The couple was killed after stopping by a Berkley Street rowhouse where members of the Bloods gang were hanging out. Several gang members said that Hawkins was killed because they thought he was a member of the rival Crips gang. Huff was killed, they said, because she was with Hawkins.    - Barbara Boyer

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