Judge rejects plea deal in NJ softball player murder
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - November 8, 2012 (WPVI) -- 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 Ayres 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 December 3.
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