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Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Wayne Melo today laid out a series of measures taken by a jealous husband to try and avoid being detected for killing Robert Cantor at his Teaneck home.
These included including torching the house, hiding the gun investigators say he used to shoot and kill Cantor and trying to destroy computer evidence that linked him to the victim, Melo said, during the first court appearance for
Sui Kam “Tony” Tung in the March 6, 2011 killing.
Cantor had been seeing Tung’s estranged wife at the time of the murder.
Melo this morning said the defendant “unlawfully entered Cantor’s home at Elm Avenue, armed with a deadly weapon, with the intent to commit a crime.”
Superior Court Assignment Judge Liliana Silebbi ordered that he remain held on $3 million bail at the Bergen County Jail on charges that include murder, felony murder, aggravated arson and desecration of human remains.
He had to surrender his passport and any weapons he still had, and was to have no contact with Cantor’s family or his wife and their three children.
Authorities brought Tung to Bergen County yesterday after he waived extradition from New York.
Earlier this month, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office arrested him at his Yorkville apartment in Manhattan.
Some of Cantor’s relatives and friends made public demonstrations over their anger at the case not being solved. They even called called for a special prosecutor and said they’d hired a private investigator who fingered a suspect — which didn’t sit well with several law enforcement officers.
They insisted the murder was “an act of jealousy and revenge by a man who had confronted (Cantor) at his home on more than one occasion.” Although they publicly didn’t identify him by name, all agreed it was Tung.
Tung, who is unemployed began stalking the popular Verizon software engineer after learning of the romantic relationship in 2010, as both couples were being divorced, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said.
The night of March 6, 2011, he said, Tung showed up at Cantor’s Elm Street home, where the victim lived alone. Tung shot and killed him, then set the place on fire, Molinelli said.
Cantor’s widow, who never challenged the progress of the investigation, thanked those who worked it.
So did an attorney for Tung’s estranged wife:
“We are greatly relieved that Sui Kam Tung has been arrested in connection with the death of Rob Cantor. My client can now know that this arrest provides some relief and comfort to Mr. Cantor’s family.
“We want to thank the terrific investigators and prosecutors at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office for all of their hard work. We know that this terrible ordeal is not yet over, but we are heartened [by] this important step toward a conviction.”
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