Friday, February 27, 2015

Egg Harbor City Man Charged with Manslaughter for Striking Man that Caused his Death

PLEASANTVILLE – An Egg Harbor City man was charged with manslaughter yesterday for striking a 30-year-old Absecon man in a parking lot in Pleasantville on February 15th, causing the man’s death in the hospital 3 days later, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at approximately 9:49 p.m., Pleasantville Police responded with emergency medical responders to an 800 block North Main Street business parking lot. Upon arrival, officers found Kyle Athill, 30, of Absecon, NJ, lying unconscious on the ground.

Athill was transported to the AtlanticCare Medical Center—City Division, with a life- threatening head injury.
As a result of a two-day investigation by the Pleasantville Police Department and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Zachariah Mays, 24, of the 100 block of New York Avenue, Egg Harbor City, was arrested on Feb. 17th, charged with aggravated assault. Mays was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $250,000 cash bail, set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Mark Sandson, where he remains.
Athill was pronounced dead by Dr. Ali of the Atlantic City Medical Center—City Division on February 18th at 10:40 a.m. An autopsy performed by Dr. Daksha Shah of the State Medical Examiner’s Office on February 20th determined the cause of death to be massive head trauma, and the manner of death to be homicide.
Yesterday, Feb. 23, 2015, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain authorized the charge of reckless manslaughter—a crime of the 2nd degree. Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Kyran Connor set bail at $250.000 full cash.
Detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Pleasantville Police Department served the complaint to Zachariah Mays at the Atlantic County Justice Facility
The State alleges that Mays punched Athill in the head, causing him to fall and sustain the severe head injury that caused his eventual death.
The charge of manslaughter carries a potential sentence upon conviction of 5 to 10 years of incarceration in New Jersey State prison, subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA), which mandates parole ineligibility until 85% of the sentence has been served.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. William Carew of the ACPO Major Crimes (609) 909-7666, or Sgt. Vaughn Howze of the Pleasantville Police at (609) 641-6100.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases a charged defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652- 1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.


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