Appearing at the Bronx Supreme Court on Tuesday, Ashleigh Wade, hid her face Tuesday as prosecutors presented chilling photos of the bloodbath and jurors looked on in sheer horror and disbelief.
The case is centered around the grisly tableau of Wade methodically disabling and then gutting her pregnant childhood friend on the morning of the pregnant woman’s wedding day in order to steal her unborn child.
Mom-to-be Angelique Sutton [right], was on her way to wed fiancé, Patrick Bradley, the morning an envious and deranged childhood friend Ashleigh Wade, [left], brutally murdered her and harvested the baby. Sutton was 81/2 months pregnant, Wade had fooled family and friends with the hoax of a fake pregnancy
Before the photographs were introduced into evidence on Thursday, the bereaved family left the courtroom. The previously stoic Wade, on trial for allegedly slaughtering, then gutting Sutton to steal her baby, did not look at the photos or members of the panel. Instead she looked down while jurors’ faces were contorted in horror as they looked at the exhibits during the medical examiner’s testimony.
The reaction in court was palpable as photographs of Sutton’s disembodied uterus, placenta, and umbilical cord were also shown. One juror covered his mouth in shock and another set her hand on her chin as they were forced to view the gory images of the victim’s bloodied features and body parts.
A member of the jury, an older woman sat rooted in her seat when Justice Margaret Clancy was forced to call for a break after the jurors viewed shots of knife wounds and slashes to Angelikque Sutton’s neck, and torso.
The defendant wiped frantically at her eyes as the aghast panel was shown crime scene photos of Angelique Sutton’s hacked and blood-soaked remains. The snapshots included closeups of lacerations on the mom-to-be’s face, neck, and hands.
In comparison for the set-up of the pre-planned attack, Another set of photographs depicted Wade’s tranquil bedroom — complete with a crib, changing table and baby clothes, and the bloodied knife, laying on the floor.
The unconscious juror was discovered after the judge called for a break, and she did not get up to follow her fellow jurors out of the courtroom. A court officer walked over and shook her, but she had apparently passed out.