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Couple Accused of Staten Island Teacher's Murder Indicted: Prosecutors

Jeanine Cammarata had been missing for nearly a week before her burned body turned up at a storage facility a few miles from where she lived

What to Know

  • Jeanine Cammarata, 37, was missing for nearly a week before her badly burned body was found in a storage center on Staten Island
  • The mother of three worked two jobs -- as a public school elementary school teacher and a Dollar Store clerk -- and hadn't shown up
  • Her estranged husband and his girlfriend were indicted with various charges including second-degree murder Friday

The man and his girlfriend accused of killing a Staten Island teacher last month appeared in court Friday, where they were indicted for murder.

Authorities say Jeanine Cammarata, 37, was killed by her estranged husband, Michael Cammarata and his girlfriend, Ayisha Egea, who then allegedly dumped her body in a garbage bag, surrounded by air fresheners, at a storage facility a few miles from where she lived. Jeanine Cammarata had been missing for nearly a week before her burned body turned up. 

Michael Cammarata and Egea were charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and concealment of a human corpse, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Additionally, the indictment charges Michael Cammarata with fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, and first- third- and fourth- degree stalking.

Both plead not guilty to the charges they face.

In a statement, Richmond County District Attorney Michael E. McMahon said: "The gruesome and depraved crimes allegedly committed by these defendants have caused unimaginable pain and suffering in the lives of the young children, relatives, and friends of the victim Jeanine."

The pair were ordered held without bail and to return to court on April 29.

If convicted of murder, each faces a sentence of 25 to life.

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