6 charged in Browns Mills killing
Two South Jersey men were charged by a Burlington County grand jury with felony murder Thursday for allegedly conspiring to steal a car, killing the owner and then disposing of the body in a frozen pond in an attempt to cover up the crime. Three other men were indicted on charges of desecrating a corpse. A woman was indicted for hindering prosecution. All are from Browns Mills.
Ryan J. Sweet, 20, and Brandon Dixon, 26, allegedly hatched a plan to steal a 1998 Ford Mustang that belonged to Charles Bauer, 23. Sweet invited Bauer to his home on Jan. 23 where Sweet and Dixon strangled him. After killing him, they allegedly took his body to a frozen pond in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest and dumped his shirtless body on the ice. An ice skater discovered the body the next day.
The three men indicted in desecrating human remains were identified as Patrick Bush, 48; Paul Martell, 21; and Andrew Baith, 20. Judy Chambers, 45, was charged on hindering counts.
Sweet and Dixon remain in the Burlington County Jail where they were being held on $1.5 million and $750,000, respectively.