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Detention hearing postponed for man accused of killing teen girl in Atlantic City


Accused killer ordered detained

Nahquil Lovest dropped the gun and broke down in tears after fatally shooting a 15-year-old girl in the head, according to statements from teens who were there.“It was an accident,” he said, according to three witnesses who were inside the recently vacated Atlantic City house on Massachusetts Avenue early July 25.But pointing a gun at … Read more


The detention hearing for a Pleasantville man accused of killing a 15-year-old girl was postponed Wednesday. Nahquil Lovest, 18, appeared briefly in court as attorney Alex Settle asked for a five-day postponement, allowed under bail reform. Lovest is charged with murder in the killing of Naimah Bell, who was found dead inside a home on South Massachusetts Avenue just after 4 a.m. Thursday. Six people were inside the recently vacated three-story home, according to the affidavit. Three others there along with Lovest said he was holding the gun when it went off. An autopsy found Bell died of a gunshot wound to the head. Lovest looked much different in court than he did in his mugshot taken Friday.

Nahquil Lovest broke down and cried after ‘accidentally’ shooting the teen, witnesses say

His long braids are now gone and his head clean-shaven. There were a few people in court for Lovest, including a younger woman with a baby on her lap. Lovest’s defense attorney, former Cape May County Assistant Prosecutor Alex Settle, waived Lovest’s first appearance. The detention hearing is now set for Aug. 7 before Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury. The public safety assessment — which is used to help determine whether a suspect should be held or released under bail reform — recommends no release, common for those charged with murder. Lovest only recently turned 18, and does not appear to have an adult record.

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