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Pleasantville Woman Pleads Guilty to Fatal Stabbing

MAYS LANDING- A Pleasantville woman has pleaded guilty in connection to the fatal stabbing of an Atlantic City woman, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

Rollie Ellis, 30, pleaded guilty this morning to first degree aggravated manslaughter N.J.S. 2C:11-4(a)- 20 NERA (for the death of Jennifer Rodriguez) and second degree aggravated assault N.J.S. 2C:12-1(b)(1) – 7 NERA (for stabbing Raphy Rodriguez), before Judge DeLury.

On April 11, 2018, at approximately 6:35 a.m., Raphy Rodriguez, 34, and his wife Jennifer Rodriguez, 34, were in their apartment located at 3 South Iowa Avenue, Atlantic City, also present in the apartment was Rollie Ellis, 28, when an altercation took place where Ellis stabbed both Raphy Rodriguez and Jennifer Rodriguez. Jennifer Rodriguez was able to escape the apartment and run to the Atlantic City Police Department, which is located across the street from the apartment complex.

Jennifer Rodriguez was found in the lobby of the Public Safety Building unresponsive and bleeding from the stab wound to the back of the head/neck.

Jennifer Rodriguez was transported to AtlantiCare City Campus where she was later pronounced deceased. Raphy Rodriguez was also able to escape the apartment and flag down a Atlantic City Police officer on Iowa Ave.  He was transported to the hospital with several serious stab wounds and he survived these injuries.

Ellis was arrested charged with first degree Murder, first degree Attempted Murder and third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

This was a joint investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Atlantic City Police Department. Ellis is in custody at the Atlantic County Justice Facility where she is awaiting sentencing. Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Robinson represents the state in the matter.


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