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JACKSON — A wife was charged with the shooting death of her husband early Monday morning inside their home, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said Antonia Ashford, 44, pointed a handgun at her husband inside their home on Harvey Jones Drive in Jackson around 2:15 a.m. and shot him in the face. She was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder.

Police found the body of Roderick Ashford, 47, lying unresponsive on the floor and unsuccessfully tried to revive him, according to Billhimer. Roderick Ashford was pronounced dead at the house.

Billhimer did not disclose the circumstances of the shooting.

Antonia Jackson is being held at the Ocean County Jail awaiting a detention hearing.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at [email protected] or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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Teen-Ager Is Given 70-Year Sentence in Boy's Murder

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After his mother had been ordered out of court for an angry outburst at prosecutors, a teen-ager who pleaded guilty to strangling a boy selling candy door to door was sentenced today to 70 years in prison.

Samuel Manzie, 17, was sentenced for the 1997 death of Edward Werner, 11, a sixth grader who went to the Manzie home in Jackson Township while selling candy and gift wrap for a school fund-raiser.

Quoting Mr. Manzie's comments about himself to psychologists and psychiatrists after the murder, Judge Peter J. Giovine of New Jersey Superior Court called the tall, gaunt teen-ager a homicidal predator who was impulsive and unable to control his anger and who ''thought he was programmed to be a child molester.''

''It is inescapable he's a very real risk of committing another crime,'' Judge Giovine said. ''The defendant must be deterred.''

Under a New Jersey law passed several months ago, people convicted of major felonies must serve 85 percent of their sentences. That means Mr. Manzie must serve 59 1/2 years, and would be nearly 77 before he receives his first chance for release from prison.

He is thought to be one of the youngest people sentenced under the new law. Previously, convicted felons generally served a third of their sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Mr. Manzie sat quietly at the defense table, his wrists shackled to a thick brown belt, as Judge Giovine denounced him for a lifetime of ''aggressive and hostile behavior.'' It included, the judge said, bringing a knife to a kindergarten class as a young boy and, in later years, torturing his family's cats and dog, setting fire to his room, and then strangling the Werner boy, who at 70 pounds was half his size, with an electrical cord after he had ordered the boy to strip and tried to commit an oral sex act on him.

Before the sentencing, Mr. Manzie apologized for the murder and the suffering he had caused the boy's parents, Edward and Valerie Werner, and their two other children. He said he had pleaded guilty last month to spare them a trial.

Reading from a sheet of white paper, Mr. Manzie said: ''I realize how terrible it must have been for all of them and therefore I couldn't have gone to trial. I need to take responsibility for what I did. Although pleading guilty won't make everything better, at least it's ended this and it will prevent additional pain of going to trial. I still can't figure out why I did what I did. But this is the way things work out for whatever reason.''

Moments earlier, Mr. Manzie's lawyer, Michael Critchley, appealed for leniency, arguing that his client had been severely depressed and mentally ill since puberty and was, in the months before the murder, the victim of a twice-convicted, 43-year-old pedophile, Stephen Simmons, from Long Island. Mr. Manzie, who was 15 at the time of the murder, was undergoing psychiatric counseling as as outpatient.

In the days before the murder, Mr. Critchley argued, Mr. Manzie was under additional stress because he had agreed to help law enforcement officers in neighboring Monmouth County obtain incriminating evidence against Mr. Simmons in taped telephone conversations.

''He was being twisted and he was being used,'' Mr. Critchley said. ''As a result, he snapped. He was suffering a load he could not handle.''

Judge Giovine did not seem swayed by Mr. Critchley's arguments about his client's fragile mental state. He also showed little patience for Mr. Manzie's mother, Dolores, when she angrily interrupted an assistant Ocean County Prosecutor, William Cunningham, as he began criticizing her motives for wanting her son committed to a long-term psychiatric care in the days before the murder.

Mr. Cunningham opened his argument for a long prison term by contending that Mrs. Manzie wanted her son committed for her benefit, not his.

''His mother wanted to get rid of him,'' Mr. Cunningham said. He quoted her as telling mental health workers, ''I don't want the kid anymore. Basically I can't be around him.''

Mr. Cunningham's comments seemed to undercut Mrs. Manzie's appeal to Judge Giovine a few minutes earlier to show mercy.

''He is my only son,'' she said, her voice barely audible. Then she recounted how she and her husband, Nicholas, had been rebuffed in their efforts to obtain long-term psychiatric care for their son in the days before the murder.

Later, during Mr. Cunningham's challenge of her motives on committal, Mrs. Manzie stood up in the front row of the spectator gallery and shouted: ''Take Sam home a week. Take him off the medication.''

Judge Giovine told her to be quiet and sit down. But she continued shouting toward Mr. Cunningham. The judge ordered her removed from the courtroom, and several white-shirted deputies surrounded her.

''I'm not going,'' she yelled at the judge. ''I was at the end of my rope. No one was helping us.''

The judge appealed to her husband to help calm her. After a few moments, she left her seat and started walking out, yelling over her shoulder, ''Why don't you try to destroy this family a little more.''

She remained out of the courtroom for the rest of proceedings. Later, she and her husband both refused to comment as they walked to a car.

Mr. and Mrs. Werner both said afterward they were satisfied with the 70-year sentence. Asked about Mr. Manzie's words of apology, Mr. Werner said: ''I see no reason to believe anything he says. I don't know what he feels, but I have no reason to believe he has any contrition.''

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Jackson woman charged with murder of husband after cops said she shot him in the face

JACKSON - A 44-year-old township woman has been charged with murder in the shooting death of her husband in the early morning hours of Monday, according to authorities.

Antonia Ashford, was charged Monday with murder and with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, announced Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Jackson Township Police Chief Matthew Kunz late Monday night.

Jackson police responded to the home on Harvey Jones Drive at 2:15 a.m. in response to a 911 call that a man had been shot, Billhimer and Kunz said in a joint statement.

The officers found the body of Roderick Ashford, 47, lying unresponsive on the floor with a gunshot wound to his face. Attempts were made to revive Ashford, but he ultimately succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, the statement said.

An investigation has determined that Antonia Ashford pointed the handgun at her husband Ashford and then fired the weapon, killing him, the statement said.

Ocean County Sheriff's officers and vehicles were on the scene of a shooting in Jackson on Aug. 2.

Antonia Ashford was arrested and taken to the Ocean County Jail in Toms River, where she remained Monday night pending a detention hearing in state Superior Court, according to Billhimer and Kunz.

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On Monday morning, police tape was stretched across Harvey Jones Drive at two different points — restricting access from roughly the middle of the half-mile-long street — while Ocean County Sheriff’s Office vehicles, including a satellite truck, sat idle near the home where the shooting was believed to have taken place.

Some neighbors just a few feet away from the home at the center of the police investigation said they didn’t realize anything was wrong until the morning, when law enforcement officers knocked on their doors.

Sandy Troyano, who lives next door to the house where an investigation seemed to be underway this morning, said neither she nor her children heard anything overnight. She said the family at the home had only moved onto the street a few months ago.

“Who would think this could happen? It’s right in your own backyard,” Troyano said.

Jim Senkewicz, who lives diagonally to the home, said he heard the sounds of a truck backing up just before 3 a.m., which he believes were the first investigatory units arriving on scene.

Billhimer and Kunz said the investigation underway was being done by the Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, the Jackson Police Department Detective Bureau and Patrol Division, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit.

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New Jersey woman found dead, husband jumps from bridge in apparent murder-suicide

JACKSON – A 44-year-old township woman remains behind bars accused of shooting her husband to death during an early morning domestic dispute, authorities said.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Jackson Township Police Chief Matthew Kunz confirmed that Antonia Ashford was charged with murder after allegedly shooting 47-year-old Roderick Ashford.

According to police, officers from the Jackson Township Police Department were called to the home in the wee hours of August 2 around 2:15 a.m. Officers found Ashford’s body unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the face. Although they attempted to revive the victim, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe Ashford’s wife pointed the gun at her husband and fired the shot that caused his death.

An investigation is underway by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Jackson Township Police Department Detective Bureau and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit.

Antonia Ashford was arrested and transported to the Ocean County Jail, where she is lodged pending a detention hearing. A motive is unknown at this point.

In addition to the Murder charge, police say Ashford is also charged with Posession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief Kunz acknowledge the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Jackson Township Police Department Detective Bureau and Patrol Division, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their cooperative assistance in connection with this investigation.

The charges referenced above are merely accusations and the press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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JACKSON WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Jackson Township Police Chief Matthew Kunz announced that on August 2, 2021, Antonia Ashford, 44, of Jackson, was charged with Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1), relative to the shooting death of her husband, Roderick Ashford, at their home in Jackson Township.  Antonia Ashford was also charged with Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4a(1).

On August 2, 2021, at approximately 2:15 a.m., Officers of the Jackson Township Police Department responded to a residence in reference to a 911 call indicating that a male victim had been shot.  Responding Officers found the body of Roderick Ashford, 47, lying unresponsive on the floor with a gunshot wound to the face. Attempts were made to revive Mr. Ashford, but he ultimately succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Jackson Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, determined that Antonia Ashford pointed a handgun at Mr. Ashford and discharged the weapon, thereby causing his death.  Antonia Ashford was arrested and transported to the Ocean County Jail, where she is presently lodged pending a detention hearing.

Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief Kunz acknowledge the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Jackson Township Police Department Detective Bureau and Patrol Division, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their cooperative assistance in connection with this investigation.

The charges referenced above are merely accusations and the press and public are reminded that

 all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable

 doubt in a court of law.

 R.P.C. 3.6(b)(6).

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New Jersey woman found dead, husband jumps from bridge in apparent murder-suicide

A woman shot her husband to death early Monday morning at their Jackson home, authorities said.

Antonia Ashford, 44, was charged with murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, according to a joint statement from the Jackson Township Police and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

Officers were called to the couple’s home at 2:15 a.m. after they received a 9-1-1 call stating that a man had been shot there, police said. When they arrived, the found Roderick Ashford, 47, lying unresponsive on the floor with a gunshot wound to the face, officials said. Police attempted to save him, but Roderick died from his wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Antonia allegedly pointed a handgun at her husband, fired it and the bullet struck him in the head, the office said. She was arrested and taken to the Ocean County Jail, where was being held pending her detention hearing, officials said.

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