A federal prison warden who oversaw the care of notable accused criminals such as Ghislaine Maxwell, R. Kelly, Michael Cohen, Allison Mack and others is now accused of killing her husband.
Around 2:15 a.m. on Aug. 2, police in Jackson Township, New Jersey, responded to a 911 call for a report of a man who was shot. Officers arrived on the scene and found Roderick Ashford, 47, unresponsive on the floor with a gunshot wound to the face.
First responded tried to provide care, but Ashford was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Ocean County District Attorney's Office.
Investigators determined his wife, Antonia Ashford, shot the victim, according to the attorney's office. She was arrested and taken to the Ocean County Jail. She faces charges of murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Antonia Ashford is the associate warden at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, according to multiple reports. That facility is home — or was home — to several high-profile people after their arrests.
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The facility housed members of the NXIVM cult, Mack and Keith Raniere. It is also home to R. Kelly, who is awaiting trial on charges of child sex abuse. Former Donald Trump organization lawyer Cohen was serving a three-year sentence at the facility until he was released to reduce the jail population during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Metropolitan Detention Center is also home to accused child abuser and human trafficker Maxwell. She is an associate of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell and her attorneys have long complained about her treatment inside the facility. They said Maxwell faced unfair treatment from the guards and lived in deplorable conditions.
Prosecutors, via staff at the Metropolitan Detention Center, have denied the allegations and defended Maxwell’s treatment.
The facility where Antonia Ashford is also the same where Epstein committed suicide as he awaited trial on federal sex abuse charges. His death sparked a series of conspiracy theories as some claim he was killed by someone else, and it was not a case of suicide.
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