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2 Men Charged With Beating Death of Man Found in Abandoned Home: Officials

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What to Know

  • Authorities say a man found dead last week in the basement of an abandoned central New Jersey home died from blunt force trauma to the head
  • Middlesex County prosecutors say the death of Lucas Reyes-Cardona has been ruled a homicide
  • The 36-year-old New Brunswick man was found Friday morning; It's unclear how long the body had been there before it was discovered

Two men were arrested and charged Saturday in the beating death off a man whose body was found in the basement of an abandoned central New Jersey house.

Juan Carlos Chavez-Amaya, 36, and Jorge Barrios, 28, both of New Brunswick, were carched with first-degree murder and endangering an injured victim, the Middlesex County Prosecutor said. 

Lucas Reyes-Cardona, 36, of New Brunswick, was killed by blunt force trauma to the head, the medical examiner's office said. His body was found in a house on Welton Street on April 5. 

It wasn't immediately clear whether Chavez-Amaya or Barrios had attorneys. 

Anyone with information is asked to call New Brunswick Police Det. Erika DiMarcello at 732-745-5200 or Det. Grace Brown of the Middlesex Prosecutor's Office at 732-745-3373.

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