Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk reported a 22-year-old Audubon Park woman will spend the next 30 years in prison after being sentenced in the 2010 stabbing death of her boyfriend Matthew Hus.
Superior Court Judge Samuel Natal sentenced Paige Pfefferle to a 30 year term of incarceration on a charge of Murder. She was also sentenced to four years incarceration on Hindering and one year on weapons offenses, but those are to be served concurrently with the term for Murder. Pfefferle must serve the full 30 years of her sentence and must serve five years of parole supervision after her release.
The night of his death, September 4, 2010, Pfefferle had called the 21-year-old Hus 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.