Man accused of attacking ex-wife will now face murder charge

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Camden, N.J. – A Cherry Hill man is now facing upgraded charges after his ex-wife died nearly eight months after she had her throat slit during a brutal knife attack.

Philip Puche, 72, of Cherry Hill, was charged on March 18 with one count of first-degree Murder.

On July 19, 2020, police were called to the 10 block of Turtledove Court in Audubon Park around 10 a.m. for a reported stabbing. When they arrived, they found the victim suffering from multiple stab and slash wounds.

The victim, identified as Nancy Kenny, 63, of Audubon Park, provided her ex-husband’s name to police as her attacker before she was transported to an area hospital. Detectives found surveillance footage that showed the victim being attacked. Further investigation led to the discovery of surveillance footage showing Puche driving in the area of the victim’s home the day of the attack.

Puche attacked Kenny from behind as she walked to the car.

“As soon as she got in the car, he pounced,” Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Erin Deitz said. “He even climbed into the vehicle to further assault her.”

Puche “totally sliced” her face, causing “deep lacerations”  from each ear to the front of the victim’s jawline, Deitz said.

“He left her to bleed out.”

Kenny was treated for her extensive injuries and later released, but passed away on March 15, 2021.

On March 16, a medical examiner determined Kenny’s Cause of Death was “Complications of Multiple Incised Wounds to the Head and Neck “and ruled her Manner of Death a homicide.

Puche remains in the Camden County Correctional Facility, where he has been held since July 19, 2020, on several charges, including Attempted Murder.

He is awaiting a detention hearing on the new homicide charge.

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