Officials say fight over sale of weapon led to murder charge

CRIME WATCH

October 17, 2007

A fight over the sale of an assault weapon led to the fatal stabbing of a 29-year-old man in Cherry Hill last month, according to court documents released yesterday.

Crystal Nikkita Newby, 21, of the 2900 block of Southland Ave. is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Qasim Kabah at his home in the 2500 block of Terra Firma Road.

Police say that Newby admitted in an interview to selling Kabah an assault weapon. They agreed that he would pay half the price up front and give her the rest later, according to court documents.

But when Newby called Kabah for the rest of the payment Sept. 14, they got into an argument over the phone. The argument continued at Kabah's home just before midnight, eventually turning into a physical fight, according to documents.

Kabah tried to burn Newby with a cigarette, according to court documents, and began to "throw her around on the front porch." Newby pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Kabah in the chest, and Kabah then went to get a shotgun and ordered Newby away from the house.

Kabah suffered a puncture wound to his heart, causing his death, the documents state. A Tech-9 assault weapon was later recovered by police from Kabah's home.

In addition to second-degree murder, Newby is charged with assault and unlawful sale of a firearm, according to court records. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 13.

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