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Murder Charges and Investigation

New York Woman Facing Murder Charges

Most the time when you hear or think about a murder, you think of how awful it is. You’re always expecting the worse like someone got stabbed or shot. This case however, is very gruesome.

A woman from New York City, is now facing murder charges after the police found a pregnant mother’s baby cut from her womb. Talk about a painful way to go.

The woman, Ashleigh Wade is only twenty-two years old and she’s being charged with murder as well as: criminal possession of a weapon and several other charges. The New York Times reports that her charges are all related to the stabbing death of Angelikque Sutton.

According to the authorities, Ashleigh had been telling people for month that she was expecting a baby. She would even post a baby registry and due date online. However, Ashleigh was never pregnant, according to the investigators.

Ashleigh Wade was reportedly friends with Angelikque Sutton back in Elementary School, the two had reportedly reconnected just before Wade invited Sutton to her apartment. The police found Sutton’s body at the apartment as well as Wade being there.

When the police first got to the scene, Ashleigh claimed that the newborn baby was hers. However, she later changed her story and claimed that she stabbed Sutton in self-defense. Ashleigh also told the police that she cut out Sutton’s unborn child to save the baby.

The local neighbors told the local NEWS that deceased Sutton would have been a great mother if she would have had the chance.

Neighbor Monica Keller’s Statement:

She would have been the best possible mother to that baby. Devoted to that baby, making sure that baby had everything it needs.


Luckily the poor defenseless baby survived, sadly his or her mother didn’t. The baby is reported to be in good health.


Fatal Stabbing near Oceanside City Beach


Police are on the hunt for a suspect who fatally stabbed a thirty-two year old man near Oceanside City Beach. They are even asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect.

The victim that was later identified as Joseph Prince, was at first thought to have been hit by a vehicle along the Wisconsin Street area. The responding officers quickly found out that this wasn’t a routine pedestrian vs. vehicle situation.

When the officers got to the scene, they found Mr. Prince lying unconscious in the roadway and suffering from stab wounds. It happened on a Thursday around 3:45 p.m. according to Oceanside Police Lt. Leonard Cosby. The officers also reported that Prince sadly died at the scene of the incident.

According to a local media outlet, Mr. Prince had became a part of a brief altercation with the suspect and then was stabbed with a screwdriver. However, it’s unclear what the fight was about at this time.

Local witnesses also told the police that a possible suspect had left the area and was riding on a black beach cruiser bicycle. The suspect was described as a while male, around his thirties in age and was wear a red baseball cap and blue jeans.

If anyone has any information about this incident or the suspect, please call the police at (760) 435-4428.

Phoenix Manslaughter Lawyer

At the Phoenix based Offices of Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC, we have defended many clients charged with a violent crime, including murder charges and other high-level violent crimes. We can provide the strong defense you need if you have been charged with voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter.

If you discovered your spouse in bed with a lover and as a result killed your spouse in a sudden rage, you may have been charged with first-degree murder. However, you may only be guilty of voluntary manslaughter, an offense that carries a maximum prison sentence of 11 years, as opposed to a life sentence.

Manslaughter is defined as the unlawful killing of a human being without malice. The term malice is used in a highly technical sense and does not simply imply a feeling of anger.


Types of Manslaughter Defenses

If you have been charged with murder and the evidence is stacked against you to show that you did unlawfully kill another person, seeking a conviction to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter may make a significant difference in your case.

To effectively raise such a defense, you must be able to establish that you were provoked, that a reasonable person in such a situation might be similarly provoked to kill, and that you did not have sufficient time to cool off and further contemplate your actions. If retained as your counsel, we will thoroughly investigate the facts of your case to determine which defense strategy gives you the best opportunity to protect your freedom.


Types of Manslaughter Cases in Phoenix

In the state of Arizona, you may be charged with involuntary manslaughter under two separate circumstances:

  • If you committed a crime (other than a felony) and unintentionally caused the

death of another person.

  • If you were engaged in a lawful act that might cause death and acted without

“due caution and circumspection.”


Manslaughter Conviction and Sentencing

A conviction for involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of four years imprisonment. If you caused the unintentional death of another person and you were not committing a crime, it is not sufficient for the prosecution to allege that you made a mistake. The phrase “without due cause and circumspection” implies something more than a simple mistake. Our Phoenix Attorneys can raise a number of issues and defenses on your behalf to raise the strong defense you need. A plea to a lesser offense or a plea that allows you to avoid a criminal conviction may be possible depending on the facts of your case. If you choose to fight your charges at trial, we have the skilled trial lawyers to aggressively defend your rights in the courtroom.


Schedule a Free Consultation – Phoenix Manslaughter Lawyer

If you or someone you know has been accused of a Violent Crime such as Manslaughter, contact a Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation. With a wealth of expertise, a commitment to integrity and a passion for defense, the Attorneys at Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC – Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyers – are here to support you with your case. We believe every defendant has the right to a solid defense. Call us today for a free initial consultation at 480-351-6445.

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