A New Jersey woman is now facing murder charges for the brutal, beating death of her boyfriend. According to the New York Post, 35-year-old Jason Lewis was found bleeding profusely from the head after he was beaten to death with two metal frying pans. It has been reported that the beating stemmed from an argument with his girlfriend, Maleia Cole, who was arrested by the Camden County Police Department on Monday, October 2. Although the attack took place nearly one month before Cole’s arrest, investigators were able to gather enough evidence to file charges against her.
Convenience Store Beating:
According to CBS News, the beating occurred at a convenience store during Labor Day weekend. On Sept. 2, police responded to a call from the Pantry One Food Mart in Woodlynne, NJ. The circumstances that led to the attack are still unclear, but by the time police arrived, a bloodied Lewis was reportedly still conscious but had injuries to his head and face. In fact, he even told police that Cole was responsible for the injuries he suffered.
“The video shows the defendant strike Mr. (Jason) Lewis on the head from behind,” Assistant Prosecutor Peter Crawford said at Cole’s hearing on Friday, October 6. “Mr. Lewis then walks into the Pantry 1 Food Store. The video shows this defendant repeatedly strike Mr. Cole over the head with these two metal frying pans. She hits him in the head, in the face, in the back.”
He explained how Cole had followed him across the street to the convenience store and hit him with the two metal frying pans. He even told them she had fled the scene and went in the direction of her home before being rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center.
A Tragic Death:
After complaining of headaches, pain, and dizziness, Lewis was admitted to Cooper University Hospital on Sept. 12 where he underwent an emergency brain operation. On Sept. 26, two weeks later, Lewis died as a result of the injuries he suffered from the Sept. 2 beating. Cole was reportedly facing aggravated assault charges, but the charges were upgraded to murder when Lewis died. On Sept. 30, Maleia Cole was charged with one count of first-degree murder and she was arrested on Oct. 2. She is now being held at the Camden County Correctional Facility without bail.