A New Jersey woman who died shortly after her identical twin sister allegedly stabbed her Thursday was reportedly overheard identifying her killer.
Amanda Ramirez, 27, was ordered to remain jailed on aggravated manslaughter charges during a Thursday court hearing. Accused of fatally stabbing her sister, Anna, in the chest outside their Camden apartment, the court learned how a witness claimed the pair was outside arguing all night before overhearing Anna call out, “Amanda, you stabbed me!” according to the Cherry Hill Courier Post.
Assistant Camden County prosecutor Peter Gallagher said police found Anna mortally wounded outside the complex while Amanda was also located at the scene. Amanda originally told officers that she didn’t know what happened to her sister, NJ.com reported.
Accused of changing her story three times, Amanda allegedly stated that Anna had struck her in the face after a night of drinking. Authorities said Amanda claimed they fought until she was brought to her knees, prompting Anna to grab a knife from the kitchen.
Amanda said she and Anna struggled over the knife before she gained control of it and stabbed her twin sister in the chest, according to the assistant prosecutor.
However, Superior Court Judge Edward J. McBride, Jr. read a statement from a witness who alleged Amanda went into the house and retrieved the knife—before overhearing her telling Anna, “Watch what I’m going to do,” according to NJ.com.
Citing court documents, the news outlet reported that police said Amanda had visible injuries, including lacerations on one finger, scratches to her face, and dried blood in her ear.
The Courier Post reported that Anna and Amanda lived in separate apartments at the same complex; Anna lived with her three children while Amanda has one child. Reports indicated that hours before the incident, Anna posted a photo to Facebook of she and her sister hanging out with friends.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the stabbing suspect was denied bail after prosecutors argued she was a flight risk. As a result, she will remain jailed pending a trial.
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[Featured image: Anna Ramirez/Facebook]