Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk reported a 22-year-old Audubon Park woman was found guilty today on all counts related to the 2010 stabbing death of her boyfriend Matthew Hus.
A jury found Paige Pfefferle guilty of Murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Hindering after approximately three hours of deliberation Thursday. She will face a mandatory minimum of 30 years incarceration without parole in a New Jersey state prison on the charge of Murder, and could face as much as a life sentence.
During a two week trial, Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Testa presented testimony that the 21-year-old Hus was a “gentle giant” who friends described as easy-going and generous. The night of his death, September 4, 2010, Pfefferle had called him from a friend’s house for a ride to her parents’ home on Pelican Court in Audubon Park. At the home, the two got into an argument over whether the defendant should live on campus at LaSalle University, where she was taking classes, or move in with her parents. During the argument, she pulled a knife from a butcher block in her parents’ kitchen and plunged it into Hus’ chest.
Pfefferle’s parents, who were home at the time, called 9-1-1 but Hus could not be resuscitated. He was pronounced dead at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden.
Evidence presented during the trial revealed Pfefferle lied repeatedly about Hus’ knife wound. She initially lied to first responders trying to save Hus’ life, telling them she didn’t know how he injured himself. Later, while being questioned by investigators, she admitted Hus was stabbed, but said he walked into a knife she was holding by her hip. An autopsy made clear Hus’ fatal stab wound could not have happened as the defendant described. The autopsy determined Hus was injured by a downward thrust of a sharp object into his chest which punctured his aorta.
Assistant Prosecutor Testa successfully countered the defense’s claim that Pfefferle was a victim of domestic abuse. She noted an expert that testified to the possibility of abuse was basing his opinion solely on information provided by Pfefferle, a woman charged with murdering her boyfriend. She presented a string of witnesses who testified to Hus’ gentle nature and demonstrated there were no medical or police records that indicated Pfefferle ever suffered from abuse.
Prosecutor Faulk credited Assistant Prosecutor Testa for the extensive preparation and attention to detail that led to this conviction. He also credited the investigation conducted by Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Miguel Rubert and Haddon Township Detective Donald Quinn.
Pfefferle’s sentencing is scheduled for November 15.