Saturday, October 1, 2016

EHT Man Indicted on Murder, Attempted Murder Charges of Pleasantville Couple

MAYS LANDING – An Egg Harbor Township man was indicted this week for the murder of a man and the attempted murder of a woman, in the December 2015 attack of both victims inside their Pleasantville home, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton announced.
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 the 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 to the arrest in Secaucus, NJ on January 22, 2016 of Nicholas A. Abbati, now 27, of the 400 block of Franks Drive, Egg Harbor Township, by detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department, and with the assistance of police officers of the Secaucus Police Department.
Abbati was charged by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office with Murder and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.
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, where he remains in custody for the charges issued by both Monmouth and Atlantic Counties.
Atlantic County Superior Court Judge James P. Savio set bail on the Atlantic County charges at $1,000,000 full cash.
In Wednesday, September 28, 2016, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Abbati for:
1. Murder—a crime of the 1st degree,
2. Attempted Murder—a 1st degree crime, and
3. Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose—a 3rd degree crime.
A conviction for murder carries a potential sentence of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison for a period of 30 years to life. A 1st degree conviction carries a potential sentence of 10-20 years in prison. 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 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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