01/14/2020: State v. Kathleen Ayala; Homicide Charges filed


On January 12, 2020, at 1:06 am, officers from the Millville Police Department and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the area of Country Meadows, 2300 South 2nd Street, Millville New Jersey 08322, for a reported stabbing victim. Upon arrival on scene, responding officers located Axel Torres (of above address – Lot#31, age 35 years old), in front of Lot #31, unresponsive and suffering from a knife wound to his left leg. On scene officers began to render aid at which time emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and transported Torres to the hospital, where he was originally listed in critical condition. 

It was learned that the victim and Kathleen Ayala, age 30, of the same address, had gotten into a physical altercation at the residence.  Torres left the above referenced address and Ayala chased after him where an altercation ensued leaving Torres unconscious with several stab wounds, including one to his leg (allegedly having been inflicted by a nail clipper).

Torres was transported back to Lot #31 and authorities were summoned to the scene.

Based on the above information, officers filed a criminal complaint against Katheleen Ayala, charging her with assault and weapon offenses.

On Monday morning, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at Cooper Hospital.  Thereafter, Ayala was charged with murder and lodged in the Cumberland County jail on 1/13/20.

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