A New Jersey woman has admitted to killing her identical twin during a knife fight after a night of heavy drinking earlier this year.
Amanda Ramirez, 27, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter Thursday for the fatal June 22 stabbing of her sister Anna Ramirez outside Amanda’s Camden home, NJ.com reports.
Amanda was solemn, her head down and hands together, as she answered affirmatively to her attorney’s Jordan Zeitz’ questions about the night in question.
“Now because of how much you drank, you don’t remember what the fight was about, but you do remember fighting with her?” he asked her.
“Yes,” she replied softly.
“And at some point during the fight you had a knife in your hand ... and you used that knife and stabbed your sister once in the chest?” he asked.
After she was stabbed, Anna yelled at her sister in agony.
“Amanda, you stabbed me!” she cried, according to a NJ.com report from June. A witness statement recounting that remark was read in court while Amanda sobbed. The witness stated that the twins began fighting in the middle of the night inside a home before taking the argument outside. The witness told investigators Amanda went into the house at some point, bringing back a knife, and telling her sister, “Watch what I am going to do.”
Initially, Amanda denied stabbing her sibling but later admitted to it, claiming self defense, CBS News reports. Scratches were found on Amanda' face, as well as dried blood in her ear as a result of the fight, according to the New York Daily News.
Amanda now faces up to 10 years in state prison. She’s due to be sentenced on Nov. 15.
Anna was a mother of three girls, according to her obituary. She was a certified nursing assistant.
“Anna had a special bond with her grandparents and enjoyed family dinners and weekly time hanging out with her sisters,” the obituary reads.
Amanda has one child, a toddler.
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