PLEASANTVILLE – An Egg Harbor Township man was charged today with murder in connection with the death of a Pleasantville man who died on January 3rd of blunt force head injuries received two weeks before, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
Nicholas A. Abbati, 26, of the 400 block of Franks Drive, Egg Harbor Township, was charged with Murder—a crime of the 1st degree, and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose—a 3rd degree crime, for the death of Jahlil Hunter, 30, who died on January 3, 2016 from injuries inflicted by Abbati within Hunter’s Pleasantville home on December 23, 2015.
In response to a 9-1-1 call, Pleasantville Police officers and emergency medical personnel responded on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 9:23 p.m. to a home on the 100 block of Greenfield Avenue, Pleasantville, for a report that two residents of the home had been discovered inside incapacitated—both bleeding and suffering from significant physical trauma.
The victims were identified as Jahlil Hunter, a 30-year-old male, and Ebony Harris, a 22- year-old female, both of the Greenfield Avenue, Pleasantville address. They were transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center—City Division for treatment of life- threatening injuries. Harris was later transferred to Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene.
Jahlil Hunter died of his injuries in the hospital on January 3, 2016 at 3:40 a.m., and was pronounced dead by AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center—City Division Dr. Marlon Pastrana.
An autopsy of Jahlil Hunter was performed on January 3, 2016 by New Jersey Southern Regional State Medical Examiner’s Office Dr. Gerald Feigin. Dr. Feigin determined the cause of death to be multiple blunt force injuries to the head, and the manner of death: homicide.
A month-long investigation led this morning to Abbati’s arrest in Secaucus, NJ, by detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department, with the assistance of police officers of the Secaucus Police Department. Abbati was placed in custody on an arrest warrant issued in Monmouth County for an unrelated matter, and lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.
This afternoon Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain authorized the murder and weapons charge, and detectives served the warrant complaint on Abbati at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, where he is detained on the charges with $1,000,000 full cash bail set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge James P. Savio.
Ebony Harris remains in Cooper Hospital receiving trauma intensive care.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Pleasantville Police Department continue the investigation, and ask that citizens with information about the crime contact the Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666, or the Pleasantville Police Department at (609) 641-6100.
A conviction for murder carries a potential sentence of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison for a period of 30 years to life. The potential prison sentence for a 3rd degree conviction is 3-5 years.
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 http://www.acpo.org/tips.html 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 http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.