The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said Berger had been "choked or strangled" by his granddaughter's boyfriend, Richard Still, during an altercation inside Berger's Delanco home on Feb. 11. Still, who was unemployed and living at the Rancocas Avenue residence, then allegedly put Berger into bed and waited until the following morning to wrap him a blanket, put him in a car and drive to Camden.
After picking up an acquaintance in the city, authorities said, Still, 24, drove to a relative's home in Mount Laurel, Burlington County, where he buried Berger and later abandoned Berger's Pontiac Grand Am back in Camden.
Still continued to live in Berger's home, off and on, while the family searched for answers.
"It's a slap in the face," Larry Berger, Louis' youngest son, said yesterday morning outside the home. "We're still trying to digest it all and we really can't talk about it."
Berger's granddaughter, who authorities said was not aware of the alleged crime, was in the home with her two young children when the Daily News
interviewed the family last month. Still was not. The children asked for their "pop-pop" often while family members spoke, but Still's name was never mentioned during the hourlong interview.
During an afternoon news conference yesterday, Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi said Still, who has been charged with murder, had been considered "a person of interest" in the case after authorities learned he had stolen a large portion of Louis Berger's late wife's jewelry and sold it at a pawn shop in March. Investigators did not share that information with Berger's sons.
Bernardi said a break in the case came on Thursday night when the acquaintance whom Still picked up in Camden led investigators to the shallow grave Still had dug about 100 feet behind his uncle's secluded house on Hartford Road in Mount Laurel. The acquaintance, who was not identified, will not be charged, Bernardi said===============================snipped
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