Murder and weapons charges for a December shooting soon might mean trial by jury for an Atlantic City man.

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Boris Katsman

Joseph McCoy, 43, was indicted today in connection with the death of Jacqueline Hoyle, 23, in the North Tennessee Avenue apartment they shared, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.

McCoy was arrested January 5, more than two weeks after the murder, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He was extradited on March 20 and placed in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

Police responding to report of a woman found dead on December 20, at about 4:22 AM, found Hoyle dead of an apparent gunshot wound. The finding was borne out two days later by the New Jersey Southern Regional Medical Examiner, who classified it as a homicide.

Investigators filed a warrant complaint after a two-day investigation. McCoy's bail was set at a full $750,000, with no bond accepted.

A conviction for murder would place McCoy at risk of a prison term of 30 years to life. He also faces three second-degree weapons charges, all punishable by five to 10 years on conviction.

Charges are accusations, Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.

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