Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo reported a Camden man was convicted of all counts in the murder of a six-year-old boy and assault on a preteen girl in their home in 2012.
A jury found Osvaldo Rivera, M/33, guilty of Murder, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Burglary, Terroristic Threats, Felony Murder – Aggravated Sexual Assault, Felony Murder – Burglary, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and two weapons counts. The jury reached a verdict after two and a half hours of of deliberation.
Assistant Prosecutor Christine Shah presented evidence during two weeks of testimony that identified Rivera as the person who entered a home of the 900 block of Ware Street in Camden before 2:30 a.m. on September 2, 2012, and assaulted a 12-year-old female living there. Rivera was armed with a knife and cut the girl as well, including deep gashes across her throat. During the assault the child’s 6-year-old brother, Dominick Andujar, came out of a bedroom to protect his sister. He enabled the 12-year-old to flee, but Rivera fatally stabbed the six-year-old boy.
The 12-year-old ran to a neighbor’s home where she received help. One of the neighbors ran back to the victims’ home despite being uncertain whether the killer was still inside to retrieve the victims’ sister. The children’s mother was at the hospital at the time of the attack.
Testimony during the trial included a detailed account of the attack from the 12-year-old victim, who still bears scars from the wounds she received. Shah also countered claims that Rivera was intoxicated at the time of the assaults by noting there was no evidence he had consumed alcohol around the time of the attacks and highlighted his winding escape route as he fled from the childrens’ home, which indicated both a clear awareness of having committed an offense and physical actions, such as leaping fences, that demonstrated balance and coordination unlikely in a person so intoxicated they would be unaware of their actions.
Rivera is scheduled to be sentenced before Superior Court Judge Michele Fox on October 23. The Prosecutor’s Office will recommend a term of life imprisonment on the count of Murder.