CAMDEN CITY, NJ (October 3, 2017)Maleia Cole, 33, of Camden, was charged with Murder for the beating death of 35-year-old Jason Lewis, of Camden, on September 2, 2017.
Camden County Police responded to a 9-1-1 call for an aggravated assault on a man at the Pantry One, a food market, on the 2200 block of Mount Ephraim Avenue in Woodlynne. The victim, Jason Lewis, was conscious but bleeding from injuries to his head and face when responding officers arrived on scene. He told the officers that Maleia Cole followed him across the street and into the store while beating him repeatedly with two metal kitchen frying pans. He then told them that she fled in the direction of her residence on the 2100 block of Mount Ephraim Avenue.
Jason Lewis was hospitalized after complaining of pain and dizziness. He underwent emergency surgery but eventually succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on September 26, 2017.
Maleia Cole was charged on September 30, 2017 with one count of first degree Murder according to Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Woodlynne Police Department Public Safety Director Edwin Figueroa.
Cole was apprehended by the US Marshals on Monday, October 2, 2017 in Camden. The defendant was remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility pending a pretrial detention hearing. Under the recent Criminal Justice Reform rules, the court may order she be detained without bail or released with conditions.
All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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