Two men have been arrested on a litany of charges, including felony murder and conspiracy, in the execution-style shooting deaths of two victims whose bodies were found in a burning Audi in Paterson, New Jersey, last week.
Clarence Williams, 26, and Gerry Thomas, 28, were arrested late Monday in the deaths of 27-year-old Aaron Anderson and 25-year-old Antonio Vega, officials announced Tuesday. All four men are from Paterson.
Police said robbery is the apparent motive for the crime, but would not elaborate.
Williams and Thomas, appearing in court via a camera feed from jail, both pleaded not guilty at their initial court appearances Tuesday. Michelle Ryerson, Anderson's mom, yelled as Williams' face popped up on the screen.
"You're scum, you're scum!" Ryerson shouted.
The bodies of Anderson and Vega were found Friday in a burned-out Audi on East 28th Street. The car belonged to "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Kim DePoala, known as Kim D on the show. Her son Chris Camiscioli drives the car, according to Ryerson.
Camiscioli asked Anderson to drive him to the airport Thursday night, Ryerson said. Anderson was keeping the car until Camiscioli returned, she said.
Law enforcement sources say Anderson and Vega were shot in the head execution-style, then the Audi was set on fire. A motive hasn't been determined, but investigators are looking into whether drugs were involved, sources said.
DePoala posted a message on Instagram Sunday saying that she and her son were safe and her "deepest condolences go out to the victims' families of this truly horrific tragedy."
In addition to the felony murder and conspiracy crimes, Williams and Thomas are charged with robbery, arson and possession of a firearm for unlawful purposes. Details on what led authorities to Williams and Thomas weren't immediately available.
Both men are scheduled to be back in court on Friday for a detention hearing, with prosecutors expected to recommend they be kept behind bars until trial.