Pinay nurse's killer charged with 1st degree murder

By ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Aug 01 2014 09:44 AM | Updated as of Aug 01 2014 05:44 PM

REDWOOD CITY, California – The man accused of killing his Filipina girlfriend in front of her 5-year old daughter last week appeared in a state Superior Court in Camden, New Jersey Wednesday for arraignment.

Kevin Ambrose, 52, was charged with first degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Jennifer Bongco.

Investigators said they have interviewed a witness who claims that Ambrose admitted to killing Bongco in a phone call. Authorities did not identify the person.

Authorities said Ambrose stabbed the Filipina nurse multiple times on July 25. Her body was found around 12:30 a.m. on a roadside near her home, where Ambrose had also been living.

Prosecutors said the nature of Bongco’s stab wounds was not "reckless" but "purposeful, intentional conduct."

Authorities also said that the victim’s 5-year-old daughter who allegedly witnessed the murder showed up at their home covered in blood and later told police that "mommy is dead."

She gave detectives a recorded statement implicating Ambrose in the murder, according to authorities.

Prosecutors said Ambrose may face 30 years to life imprisonment.

Bond remains at $2 million.

Ambrose’ next hearing was not set at the time of the arraignment.

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