MAYS LANDING — A woman charged with killing a Millville man outside her Ventnor home Sunday may have been assaulted by him before she plunged a knife into his chest.
Tamasa Nobles, 18, is charged with murder and weapons offenses for fatally stabbing Devon Devine, 20, during an altercation Sunday outside her home on the 300 block of Wissahickon Avenue.
Police were called to the area at about noon and found Devine stabbed. He was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City Campus, where he was pronounced dead. Nobles was taken into custody.
An eyewitness told investigators there was a verbal and physical fight between the two, and that Nobles may have been struck, Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy told the judge during Noble’s first court appearance on the charges Monday.
Nobles also indicated she had been hit, Levy said.
He asked that a female detective be allowed to take pictures of Nobles’ body, including her back, arms, legs and buttocks, that could verify the information.
Photos could possibly help the defense, Superior Court Judge Michael Donio told Levy.
“It’s entirely possible,” Levy replied. “We’re just looking for evidence pertinent to the case.”
Donio said he was impressed by the state’s request, which illustrated a search for the truth. He also asked Nobles if she understood what was being asked.
“From what I’m hearing, it sounds like he wants to take pictures of our fight,” Nobles replied.
Donio told her not to say anything that could hurt her case.
The relationship between Nobles and Devine was not discussed. There was a domestic call involving the pair last month, a police report shows. The Nov. 14 call was described as a disturbance, but there was no physical altercation at that time.
In court Monday, Nobles told Donio she did not have a lawyer, and said she could not afford one. The judge explained how to apply for a public defender.
Nobles, who is originally from Camden, is charged with murder and weapons offenses and is being held on $1 million full cash bail.
This was Ventnor’s first homicide since a fatal stabbing in 2008, according to lists of annual homicides previously released by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. A man is serving an eight-year sentence in that killing after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Atlantic County had two homicides Sunday, including Abdal McBride, 18, of Sicklerville, who was found shot to death in Atlantic City at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
That brings the total homicides in the county this year to 25, two more than all of last year and the most since 2009, when 27 people were killed.
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