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iStock(CAMDEN, N.J.) — A 27-year-old woman is in custody in New Jersey after she allegedly stabbed her identical twin to death, prosecutors said.
Amanda Ramirez was charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter in the slaying of Anna Ramirez, who was found lying on the ground, stabbed in the chest, outside the Centennial Village apartment complex in Camden, according to a criminal complaint.
Responding officers Saturday morning found Amanda Ramirez, who appeared to have blood on her clothing, outside her Centennial Village home, according to the probable cause statement.
Officers also spotted several bloody footprints leading from the victim’s body to the doorstep of Centennial Village, according to the probable cause statement.
Investigating detectives concluded that Amanda Ramirez’s story was evolving over time.
She allegedly first told officers she had picked up a “disheveled” Anna Ramirez, and when they got home, her sister collapsed and was bleeding.
Amanda Ramirez allegedly admitted to officers that she got in an argument with her sister.
Amanda Ramirez then allegedly told detectives that she, her sister and a friend were hanging out and drinking at her cousin’s home in Camden late Friday night and early Saturday morning when Anna Ramirez left in a taxi to go to Centennial Village, the documents said.
Amanda Ramirez said about 45 minutes later, she and her friend drove to Centennial Village and found her sister sitting on the porch of the home appearing ill, the documents said.
Amanda Ramirez allegedly claimed her twin said she was going to get a cigarette, and when Anna Ramirez stood up and started walking, she collapsed to the ground, according to the probable cause statement.
“Amanda Ramirez made no mention of the argument with her sister that she had previously brought up when speaking with officers,” the probable cause statement asserts. “Amanda Ramirez claimed that she noticed her sister was bleeding from her chest and she asked the friend to call 911.”
Detectives noticed fresh scratches on Amanda Ramirez’s face and head, dried blood in her left ear and lacerations on a finger, according to the probable cause statement. She told detectives she got those injures in a fight about one week earlier, documents said.
In what is alleged to be her third account of events, Amanda Ramirez admitted that she, her sister and the friend went together from the cousin’s apartment to her apartment early Saturday morning, according to the probable cause statement.
They were outside the apartment, she said, when Anna Ramirez started a fight, hitting her in the face, the document said. Amanda Ramirez claimed she and her twin “exchanged multiple blows” before Amanda Ramirez ended up on her knees, the document said.
She said Anna Ramirez went into the home and came back with a knife; Amanda Ramirez claimed she fought her twin for control of the knife and “ultimately stabbed her sister in the chest,” according to the probable cause statement.
Amanda Ramirez was taken to the Camden County Correctional Facility, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. She has a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday, prosecutors said. Attorney information wasn’t immediately available.
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ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Former University of Southern California gynecologist George Tyndall was arrested on Wednesday in the wake of allegations levied by hundreds of former students who claimed he sexually assaulted them under the guise of medical care.
Tyndall, who has been accused of molesting more than 400 female patients over his decades-long career at the university, was arrested at his California apartment on felony sexual assault charges Wednesday morning, authorities said.
The former campus doctor was charged with 18 counts of sexual penetration and 11 counts of sexual battery by fraud for “sexually assaulting 16 young women over the course of seven years while he worked as a gynecologist at the University of Southern California,” the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said in a statement Wednesday.
“Tyndall is accused of sexually assaulting 16 female students at a campus health center. The victims, who range in age from 17 to 29, went to the facility for annual exams or for other treatment,” prosecutors said in a statement, adding the alleged incidents took place between 2009 and 2016.
Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department have previously said the scope of their investigation spans more than three decades.
Tyndall, 72, resigned from his position in 2017.
His arrest came in the wake of several lawsuits filed against both Tyndall and the university. One of the suits claimed USC ignored complaints that Tyndall allegedly made crude remarks, took inappropriate photographs and groped patients to “satisfy his own prurient desires.”
A federal judge recently granted preliminary approval to a $215 million class-action settlement for former patients, according to university, which has agreed to pay the women. Under the terms of the settlement, approximately 17,000 students who received women’s health services during Tyndall’s tenure would each be eligible to receive between $2,500 and $250,000. The amount would depend on the severity of the alleged misconduct and the women’s willingness to offer written statements “detailing their experience of Dr. Tyndall’s conduct, the personal impact, and any injury they wish to be considered,” the university said.
Former University of Southern California President Max Nikias stepped down last summer amid criticism over how he handled the accusations against Tyndall.
USC Interim President Wanda Austin said she hopes Tyndall’s arrest helps to bring together the campus community.
“We care deeply about our community and our top priority continues to be the wellbeing of our students, health center patients and university community,” Austin said in a statement. “We hope this arrest will be a healing step for former patients and our entire university.”
Tyndall could face as many as 53 years in state prison if convicted as charged. Prosecutors recommended that bail be set at more than $2 million.
Tyndalls’ attorneys, Leonard Levine and Andrew Flier, said he denies the allegations.
“After a year of being tried in the press, Dr. Tyndall looks forward to having his case adjudicated in a court of law where the truth will finally prevail,” they said in a statement. “He remains adamant he will then be totally exonerated.”
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Jennifer Dulos vanished on May 24 amid the couple’s contentious custody battle over their five children.
Investigators believe she suffered a “serious physical assault” in the garage at her New Canaan home, where bloodstains were found, according to arrest warrants.
Clothes and sponges with her blood were found in trash cans where surveillance cameras captured a man appearing to be her husband, Fotis Dulos, disposing of garbage bags, according to the documents. A woman in the man’s car fit the appearance of his live-in girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, according to the documents.
Fotis Dulos and Troconis are charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Fotis Dulos told reporters Wednesday that he’s thinking about his children.
“I just want to tell my children that they’re constantly on my mind and that I love them and I miss them very much,” he said after the court appearance.
The five kids are in the custody of Jennifer Dulos’ mother.
Fotis Dulos’ lawyer, Norm Pattis, said Wednesday he’s “actively contemplating a revenge suicide hypothesis as an explanation for her disappearance.”
“We will not comment further on our investigative activities,” he added.
Carrie Luft, a spokeswoman for Jennifer Dulos’ family, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, however, she said Jennifer Dulos was stable, responsible and reliable.
The beloved mom is “not a woman that would ever, ever leave her children,” Luft told ABC News.
When asked if police are considering a “revenge suicide hypothesis,” New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski didn’t directly address the question, instead telling ABC News via email Wednesday, “Our multijurisdictional law enforcement team is committed to (1) Finding Jennifer and (2) Bringing those responsible for Jennifer’s disappearance to justice. We will not rest until we find Jennifer.”
Pattis told ABC News earlier this week that he was “investigating the possibility that this is a ‘Gone Girl’-type case and considering the possibility that no third party was involved in foul play.”
In the “Gone Girl” book-turned-film, a wife fakes her own disappearance, framing her husband.
Luft called the defense’s “Gone Girl” theory a “smokescreen.”
“I think that drawing any comparison to a work of fiction does an incredible disservice to the family,” Luft told ABC News. “This is not a film, this is not a novel, this is our real life.”
“This is about someone who is missing following a violent attack and people are doing everything they can to solve the mystery,” she said.
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