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New Jersey woman accused of killing her sister ‘doesn’t remember the fight’

A New Jersey woman who allegedly fatally stabbed her identical twin sister over a boyfriend ‘doesn’t remember’ the fight, a court has heard.

Amanda Ramirez, 27, was charged with aggravated manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of Anna Ramirez, at around 5.30am on Saturday, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. 

Authorities believe a love triangle may have caused the deadly spat between the pair but a third sister claims the twins would never have ‘fought over a man’.  

‘They would argue like cats and dogs, but stuck together like thieves,’ Monika Medina, 19, told The New York Post. ‘Amanda and Anna’s bond was one of the tightest. Inseparable!’  

The same witness, who wasn’t identified, claims to have heard Ramirez threaten her sibling moments before, telling Anna ‘Watch what I’m going to do’

This undated photo shows Anna and Amanda Ramirez (dressed in identical outfits) as young girls posing with their cousin

This undated photo shows Anna and Amanda Ramirez (dressed in identical outfits) as young girls posing with their cousin  

‘Amanda has her own significant other. Anna had her own significant other,’ Medina said. 

Police arrived at the scene at 5:40am on June 22 to find Ramirez covered in blood, who is said to have told officers she had no idea what had happened to Anna , having found her sister that way.

Anna lived with her boyfriend of two and a half years, Luis Rivera, while her sister had been in a relationship for a ‘couple years,’ Medina said.

‘Detectives thought this is the next big thing, ‘Sister kills twin over man,’ Medina added.

‘We don’t believe this was a jealous act nor [done] purposely. We believe she didn’t do such a thing,’ said Medina, who maintains Amanda is ‘still in shock.’

Amanda Ramirez, 27, shook and wept as Superior Court Judge Edward McBride revealed a witness heard her sister, Anna, scream ‘Amanda, you stabbed me!’

Amanda Ramirez, 27, shook and wept as Superior Court Judge Edward McBride revealed a witness heard her sister, Anna, scream ‘Amanda, you stabbed me!’

Anna Ramirez died on Saturday night having suffered a fatal stab wound to the left of her chest

Anna Ramirez died on Saturday night having suffered a fatal stab wound to the left of her chest

Friends and family of Ramirez sat weeping behind her throughout the hearing

Friends and family of Ramirez sat weeping behind her throughout the hearing

Ramirez burst into tears as soon as she entered the courtroom on Thursday afternoon, shacked at the wrists and ankles

Ramirez burst into tears as soon as she entered the courtroom on Thursday afternoon, shacked at the wrists and ankles

Police arrived at the scene at 5:40am on June 22 to find Ramirez covered in blood, who is said to have told officers she had no idea what had happened to Anna and she found her sister that way

Police arrived at the scene at 5:40am on June 22 to find Ramirez covered in blood, who is said to have told officers she had no idea what had happened to Anna and she found her sister that way

Police documents show that officers observed a number of injuries on Ramirez’s body as they were interviewing her, including scratches on her face, lacerations on one finger and dried blood on her ear

According to the statement Amanda offered police three different stories when she was interviewed at the station; first claiming she found her sister injured but had no idea when, where or why was stabbed and by whom. 

On the third revisal she claimed they’d both been drinking at a relative’s and when they arrived back at the apartment block she punched her sister in the face, following an argument.

According to Ramirez’s account, the sisters fought until they were on their knees, where Anna then went to go and get a knife from the kitchen.

She claims Anna came back outside, resumed the fight, where the pair struggled over control of the blade.

Several officers filled the courtroom surrounding Ramirez on Thursday afternoon

Several officers filled the courtroom surrounding Ramirez on Thursday afternoon

Ramirez claimed to have eventually disarmed her sister, and then, in an act of self-defense, plunged the knife into the left side of her chest.

Police documents show that officers observed a number of injuries on Ramirez’s body as they were interviewing her, including scratches on her face, lacerations on one finger and dried blood on her ear.

A knife was later recovered from Ramirez’s family’s apartment, with preliminary tests suggesting it may have blood on it.

Just hours before Anna was killed, the sisters uploaded a picture to Facebook showing them both smiling, posing alongside two friends.

The 27-year-old then changed her story multiple times with police. On the third revisal she claimed they had both been drinking at a relative’s home and when they arrived back at the apartment block she had struck her sister in the face (pictured: Ramirez sits with her head bowed as prosecuting attorney Peter Gallagher addresses the judge)

 The 27-year-old then changed her story multiple times with police. On the third revisal she claimed they had both been drinking at a relative’s home and when they arrived back at the apartment block she had struck her sister in the face (pictured: Ramirez sits with her head bowed as prosecuting attorney Peter Gallagher addresses the judge)

According to Ramirez’s account, the sister’s fought until they were on their knees, where Anna then went to go and get a knife from the kitchen (pictured alongside public defender, Igor Levenberg, left)

According to Ramirez’s account, the sister’s fought until they were on their knees, where Anna then went to go and get a knife from the kitchen (pictured alongside public defender, Igor Levenberg, left)

She claims Anna came back outside, resumed the fight, where the pair struggled over the control of the blade, before fatally stabbing her in self-defense

She claims Anna came back outside, resumed the fight, where the pair struggled over the control of the blade, before fatally stabbing her in self-defense

L to R: Amanda Ramirez, her cousin, a friend and Anna Ramirez

L to R: Amanda Ramirez, her cousin, a friend and Anna Ramirez

These images taken less than two hours before the stabbing death of Anna Ramirez, 27, show her spending time with her twin sister, Amanda, a cousin and a friend. Anna wears her her long black hair down, while Amanda has her hair slicked in the front

Ramirez burst into tears as soon as she entered the courtroom on Thursday afternoon, shacked at the wrists and ankles.

In a solemn procession accompanied by multiple officers, she shuffled past the weeping faces of her bereaved family members, who continued to cry throughout the hearing.

Her public defender, Igor Levenberg, said that even if the allegations are true, the state’s case is claiming Ramirez’s actions were part of a reckless act, rather than pre-meditated or purposeful murder.

As a result, Levenberg argued his client should be released on house arrest, citing her otherwise clean and unblemished criminal history.

Prosecuting attorney Peter Gallagher

Judge Edward McBride

Prosecuting attorney Peter Gallagher argued to Judge McBride that it was actually Ramirez who fetched the knife from the home, warning her sister ‘Watch what I’m going to do’

A knife was later recovered from Ramirez’s family’s apartment, with preliminary tests suggesting it may have blood on it

A knife was later recovered from Ramirez’s family’s apartment, with preliminary tests suggesting it may have blood on it

Her public defender, Igor Levenberg argued his client should be released on house arrest, citing her otherwise clean and unblemished criminal history

Her public defender, Igor Levenberg argued his client should be released on house arrest, citing her otherwise clean and unblemished criminal history

However, the judge sided with prosecutors and ordered Ramirez to be remanded in custody without bail, prompting her tearful exit from the court room

However, the judge sided with prosecutors and ordered Ramirez to be remanded in custody without bail, prompting her tearful exit from the court room

As she left, her family members called out ‘love you’ from the gallery

with one woman telling her ‘Keep your head up, sis’

As she left, her family members called out ‘love you’ from the gallery, with one woman telling her ‘Keep your head up, sis’

He also sought the discredit the witness’ statement, adding that ‘while she did witness much of what occurred, she actually did not witness the actual stabbing event.’

However, the judge sided with prosecutors and ordered Ramirez to be remanded in custody without bail. 

As she existed the courtroom still bound in chains, her family members called out ‘Love you’ from the gallery, with one woman telling her ‘Keep your head up, sis’, according to NJ.com.

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