Jury Selection Is Started In Burlco Killing

Posted: May 14, 1986

Jury selection began yesterday in the trial of a Pemberton Township woman charged with murdering an alleged cocaine dealer by stabbing him 50 times in a Wrightstown motel.

Ledora Watkins, 18, of Ursinus Court, faces charges of murder and aggravated manslaughter in Burlington County Superior Court in the death of Rafael Carmenate, 51, of Kinsley Road in Pemberton.

Carmenate's body was found on the morning of Sept. 22 in a room at the Royal Motel on Georgetown-Wrightstown Road.

At the time of his death, Carmenate was free on bail after being indicted on charges of possessing and intending to distribute cocaine worth more than $27,000.

In addition to the charges of murder and aggravated manslaughter, Watkins faces a robbery charge in the theft of Carmenate's wallet, money and car.

Watkins pleaded not guilty to all charges Jan. 15 before Superior Court Judge Cornelius P. Sullivan through her attorney, Robert Sloan of Mount Holly. Her bail was set at $150,000. She is being held at the Burlington County Jail's Minimum Security Facility pending her trial.

Opening statements in the trial are expected to begin later today.

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