FREEHOLD, NJ = On October 15, 2012, a Monmouth County Grand Jury charged defendant Jarrone Perry,34, of Neptune City, with Aggravated Manslaughter, a second degree crime; and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a third degree crime. The charges relate to the February 13, 2012 stabbing death of 30-year-old Kamealah Talmadge, a Neptune City resident.

In the early morning hours on February 13, 2012, Neptune City Police were dispatched to a residence on Morris Avenue to investigate a domestic violence incident. Upon arrival, police located Kamealah Talmadge, who had sustained an apparent stab wound to her upper chest. Ms.Talmadge was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where, despite life saving efforts, she was pronounced dead at 5:45 a.m.

A joint investigation involving the Neptune City Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office was immediately launched to investigate the suspected criminal homicide. As a result of the investigation, police identified Jarrone Perry as the person responsible for the homicide and arrested him. Bail was set at $1.5 million by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Thomas F. Scully, P.J.Cr. Perry was lodged at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute and remains in custody in lieu of bail.

If convicted of Aggravated Manslaughter, Perry faces a maximum of thirty years in State Prison, which would be subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act” (“NERA”).“NERA” requires that a defendant serve 85% of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole. If convicted of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Perry would face amaximum of five years New Jersey State Prison on that charge.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fichter.

The defendant is represented by Regina Laffey, Esquire of Freehold, New Jersey.