A Jersey City man accused of stabbing his ex-fiancée to death, a Sunday school teacher in the city, rejected a 30-year plea deal for murder in Hudson County Superior Court today.
Michael Humphrey, 44, of Jersey City, is accused of murdering his ex-fiancée, a Jersey City Sunday school teacher, in cold blood on October 9 of last year – the day they broke up.
Patricia Santana, who was 53 years old when she was killed, had over two dozen friends and family members in Hudson County Superior Court Judge John Young’s court room on Thursday, wearing shirts to commemorate her life.
Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor John Mulkeen revealed that a phone call Humphrey made to police shortly after Santana was stabbed to death will be one of the key pieces of evidence if the case goes to trial (which would likely include just two witnesses).
Mulkeen added that the state offered Humphrey a plea deal of 30 years for murder, which he countered with an offer of 20 years for aggravated manslaughter – which was rejected.
Mulkeen and New Jersey Assistant Deputy Public Defender Elizabeth McPhillips, Humphrey’s attorney in the matter, requested more time to see if Humphrey would reconsider taking a plea deal.
With that, Young set the next court hearing for October 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Outside the court house, Jasmine Farrington, a friend of the Santana family, said Humphrey deserves a life sentence and that “real men know when to walk away” during a dispute with a loved one.