An Illegal Alien has been charged with killing a man execution style inside a restaurant and then trying to kill his ex-girlfriend who sat at the same table.
Prosecutors say Miguel Leal Camara, 40, walked into the Bom dMais Luncheonette after 3 p.m. Tuesday and shot 45-year-old Marco Antonio Rosa Moreira in the head.
Moreira was sitting with Camara's ex-girlfriend and her family. Prosecutors say Camara ignored a restraining order that barred him from approaching the woman.
Authorities say Camara then tried to kill the woman but was stopped by several people who subdued him and tried to take away his gun.
A police officer who was driving by the restaurant was flagged down. When he entered the eatery, he found the violent struggle in progress. Police say Camara tried to grab the cop's gun but failed. More officers arrived and arrested Camara.
Camara was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, second-degree weapons offenses, second-degree disarming a cop, and fourth-degree violating a domestic violence restraining order.
Moreira was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:38 p.m.
The Brazilian press said the victim, who lived in Oakhurst, had moved to the United States from the South American nation 17 years ago. Long Branch has a large Brazilian and Portuguese community.
Camara appeared in Superior Court Wednesday afternoon.
Camara applied for and was granted a public defender, Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman stated. During his court appearance on Wednesday afternoon, Camara was accompanied by a Portuguese interpreter.
The Monmouth County prosecutor, Matthew Bogner, has also filed a motion for Camara's pre-trial detention, which will be heard Aug. 27.
If convicted, Camara faces life in prison for murder, a $250,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail for his first-degree crime, a $150,000 fine and five to 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine for the second-degree crimes and up to 18 months in prison for violating the protective order.