College student held without bail in killing of drug dealer

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(AP) - A judge has ordered a community college student held without bail in connection with the killing of a convicted drug dealer.
    
Prosecutors told a judge Friday that 20-year-old Raquel Garajau texted an alleged co-conspirator and told him to "bleach everything" and that "we will throw that stuff in the ocean."
    
Twenty-nine-year-old Trupal Patel's body was found in a Monmouth County park in February.
    
Garajau, a Brookdale Community College student from Tinton Falls, and 21-year-old Joseph Villani of Ocean Township are charged with murder.
    
Garajau's lawyer told the judge Friday his client is innocent and is a dean's list student who has never been in trouble.
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This version changes the characterization of the death of the victim to killing instead of murder

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5/26/2017 3:06:11 PM (GMT -4:00)

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