Husband of slain radio host to remain jailed on weapons charges

By Jeff Goldman

ATLANTIC COUNTY — The widower of a slain radio host charged in an armed standoff with police in June will remain in the Atlantic County jail, an appellate court ruled.

The court on Monday upheld a judge’s pre-trial detention order for Dr. James Kauffman, according to a statement from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Kauffman allegedly displayed a Ruger 9mm handgun and pointed it at his chest when authorities showed up to execute a search warrant at his office in Egg Harbor Township on June 13.

A hostage negotiator eventually got Kauffman to surrender after a 45-minute standoff, police said.

Six days later, Judge Bernard DeLury ordered that Kauffman remain detained. The endocrinologist then appealed that ruling.

Kauffman is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of hollow point bullets and obstruction of the administration of law.

In 2012, Apritl Kauffman was found shot to death in the bedroom of the Linwood home she shared with her husband, authorities have said. The 47-year-old was a Sunday afternoon program host on WOND.

Her husband has not been charged in connection with her death.


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.