- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A defense attorney says that a man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death with scissors last year in Trenton had a diminished mental capacity.

The Trentonian reports (https://bit.ly/1AlBFY1 ) that an attorney for William Nobles told a judge Thursday that a psychiatrist agreed that he had a diminished capacity when he plunged a pair of scissors into the neck of 54-year-old Celeste Pernell in June 2013.

Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Gasparian says that the state plans to hire its own expert to confirm the findings that Nobles was unable to comprehend what he was doing.

Prosecutors have said that Nobles was found at a crisis center in Camden and that he admitted killing Pernell.

Authorities say the scissors were found protruding from her neck.



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Information from: The (Trenton, N.J.) Trentonian, https://www.trentonian.com

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