Mother Helped Clean Up Double Murder Scene At Her Home

| by Lisa Fogarty

A mother from New Jersey reportedly confessed to police that she helped her 19-year-old daughter and 24-year-old son conceal evidence related to a murder that took place at her Camden home.

Arnetta Welch reportedly pleaded guilty Wednesday to hindering apprehension, reports the Associated Press. In February 2010, Welch allegedly purchased cleaning supplies in order to rid her house of evidence after her children were among 10 youths who tortured, beat, fatally shot, and then buried 23-year-old Michael Hawkins and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Muriah Huff in her own backyard. 

Welch’s children, Shatara Carter, 19, and Dennis Welch, 24, were reportedly associated with the Bloods street gang, whose members killed Hawkins because they believed he had joined rival gang the Crips, reports the South Jersey Times. Huff was murdered so that she could not serve as a witness to the crime. Their bodies were discovered three days after the murder, buried in Welch’s yard.

Welch is expected to receive a two-year probation term when she is sentenced on March 6.

Carter, who was just 14 at the time of the murders, was sentenced to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty as an adult to aggravated manslaughter, and her older brother was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to the same charge.

Sources: Associated Press, South Jersey Times

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