An insane homeless woman who lived at a Vermont shelter pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday after she was accused of bludgeoning a coordinated woman to death with an ax and knife.
Zina Mahfeesh Jammeh, 38, remained silent during her court appearance in Brattleboro when her defense attorney filed the petition. The brutal killing took place on Monday at around 9:30 a.m. at a facility known as Morningside House which is run by a group called Groundworks in the city.
Investigators say Mahfeesh Jammeh had bought a “fishermen’s ax” at a hardware store two days before the killing. The victim has been named as 36-year-old Leah Rosen-Pritchard.
The suspect previously maintained an active YouTube channel, in one of the videos Mahvish-Jammeh is shown making a frozen cocktail by repeatedly stabbing ice with a huge knife.
In an interview with brattleboro repairman, A witness to Monday’s attack described the attack as a “brutal, brutal murder.”
Zina Mahfeesh Jameh, 38, remained silent during her court appearance in Brattleboro, where her attorney-attorney filed an acquittal.
The victim has been named as 36-year-old Leah Rosen-Pritchard
I could not sleep. ‘Because every time I close my eyes, I see it as disturbing,’ the witness added.
According to the criminal complaint, Mahfeesh Jammeh specifically requested to meet Rosen Pritchard prior to the attack. Witnesses heard her exclaim: “I like you, it’s Leah that I don’t like.”
Documents indicate that the victim was found dead in the kitchen of the house with injuries to her torso, neck and face.
When the police arrived at the scene, the suspect was wiping her hands with paper towels clean of blood.
Witnesses told investigators that they heard screams coming from the dining room in the house, and when they went to see what was going on, they saw Mahfeesh Jameh repeatedly hitting Rosen Pritchard.
They told the police that they had shouted for the suspect to stop but were afraid to approach her.
Her tragic death was captured by the home’s security cameras. The footage appears to appear to be a wild mahawish entering the house with a bed sheet slung over her right shoulder and carrying an axe.
Under the sheet, the suspect was wearing a black hoodie, overalls, safety glasses and black slippers.
Documents indicate that the victim was found dead in the kitchen of the house with injuries to her torso, neck and face
Witnesses told investigators that they heard screams coming from the dining room in the house, and when they went to see what was going on, they saw Mahfeesh Jameh repeatedly attack Rosen Pritchard.
A picture of the fisherman’s ax that the suspect had bought two days before the attack
I heard screaming. I went down the stairs. I look around right where the dining room table is, and there is a corpse on the floor, and I couldn’t even tell who it was. “That was how badly smashed in the face,” the unnamed witness, 66, told Reformer.
He continued, “She looked at me and then went down to hit (the victim) several times in the face.”
The suspect then undressed and was seen wearing an over-the-ear headband, blue stockings, and gray gym shorts.
The witness went on to claim that Mahfoush had attacked Jammeh twice in the past, once with a wooden suggestion box and once with her fists.
“(Mahvish-Jammeh) has serious psychological problems, and they have put her in a house that is not equipped for that and the staff is not trained for that.
I told them two months ago, that this would happen, but they didn’t listen. It was only a matter of time before she grabbed a butcher’s knife. The only thing I was wrong about was her choice of weapon. This should not have happened, and now the good guy is dead.
The witness described the 30-bed shelter where the attack took place as not being set up to handle people with Mahfeesh Jameh’s level of mental illness. Families with children are accommodated in the facility.
“I’m sure there will be a lot of community conversation about this issue in the future, but for now, I would like to ask people to focus on the facts that Leah Rosen-Pritchard lost her life,” Tracy Shriver, Wyndham State’s attorney, told the media. ‘. .
Shriver said the suspect had been a resident of the home since the summer of 2022. That same year, she was An interview with the reformer For an article on the city’s homeless population.
“I love Vermont,” she told the newspaper, adding that she felt safe in Brattleboro. The suspect said she came to the area via Plattsburgh, New York.
In 2020, Mahvish-Jammeh was interviewed by NBC 5 In upstate new york around plattsburgh mask mandates.
“The reason I’m all for it is because I wear masks in my lifestyles, in my personal lifestyle. I love having to play with it. Especially if it’s handmade, I think it’s really cute,” she said at the time.
Online records show that Mahvish-Jammeh, previously lived in Brooklyn, New York, and in Orange County, California. The only offense she committed was the minor offense which occurred in California with charges being dropped shortly thereafter.
Irreplaceable Leah Rosen-Pritchard. Strong, positive, beautiful and compassionate, she was a wonderful person who generously gave her spirit and skills to support all the residents of Morningside House and fellow professionals.
Rosin-Pritchard graduated from The College of Rhode Island with a degree in Social Work in 2019 and previously worked at the Amos House and at the Izzy Foundation in her home state.
The witness described the 30-bed shelter where the attack took place as not being set up to handle people with Mahfeesh Jameh’s level of mental illness.
On Wednesday, Judge Mahfeesh Jammeh ordered her to undergo a mental evaluation as her public defender speculated that she might not be fit to stand trial for first-degree murder. She is being held without bail.
Irreplaceable Leah Rosen-Pritchard. She was a wonderful person who was strong, positive, beautiful and compassionate, and who generously gave her spirit and skills to support all Morningside House residents and fellow professionals, according to a statement from the Groundwork Collaborative.
She continued, “There are no words to express the depth of loss felt by her Groundworks teammates and our hearts go out to her family and friends.”
Rosin-Pritchard has worked in the home since early 2022 starting as a Caseworker and was recently promoted to Coordinator.
She graduated from the College of Rhode Island with a degree in social work in 2019 and previously worked at the Amos House and at the Izzy Foundation in her home state, according to reports. WJAR.
“Beginning my second career in social work, I believe in implementing everything I’ve learned so far and integrating my skills into a place where I can serve the community,” Rosin-Pritchard writes on her LinkedIn page.
In her strengths section, she writes: “Harmony, Wu, Adaptation, Inclusion, and Communication.”
On that page, the victim also wrote about her interest in baking.
Prior to joining social work, Rosen-Pritchard served as a volleyball coach at Middletown High School in Rhode Island, according to reports. Providence Journal.
it was amazing. Children loved it. She knew the sport and was doing a great job. When you left, we were heartbroken, said the school’s athletic director, Karen Massaro.
I’m still trying to get around this, and see how much the people who work in these shelters have to offer. She added, ‘It’s very sad knowing where she was and what she was trying to do.