NJ Judge Rejects Plea Deal for Alleged Killer

The judge has rejected a plea agreement that would have sent a Florence Township man to prison for 30 years for killing a high school and college softball star.

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012  |  Updated 9:42 AM EDT
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NJ Judge Rejects Plea Deal for Alleged Killer

Police say Stephen Headley killed Nichole Ayers, a New Jersey softball star, and left her body on a soccer field.

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A New Jersey judge has rejected a plea agreement that would have sent a Florence Township man to prison for 30 years for killing a high school and college softball star.
 
The family of victim of Nicole Ayers along with a prosecutor argued that Stephen Headley should spend more than 30 years in prison.

  Authorities say the 30-year-old stabbed 22-year-old Ayers more than 30 times with a pocket knife before leaving her body in a Southampton soccer field in September 2010.
 
At a sentencing hearing Wednesday, Judge James Palmer Jr. rejected the earlier plea deal. He gave Headley the choice of a longer prison term or facing trial.
 
A hearing on the case is scheduled for Dec. 3.

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