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We the people want Justice for Nicole
  • Petitioned Honorable James W. Palmer

This petition was delivered to:

Burlington County Superior Court
Honorable James W. Palmer

We the people want Justice for Nicole

    1. Kellie Lando
    2. Petition by

      Kellie Lando

      Turnersville, NJ

January 2013


From Petition Organizer Kellie Lando: After a long emotional battle we were able to get the backing of Senator Allen and the Judge reconsidered the original plea deal after reading the brief and the victims impact statements he realized that due to her murder being so brutal he was withdrawling the original plea of 30, I the end we were able to get his sentence changed to 50 years,

The purpose of this petition is to raise awareness of our current criminal justice system and how, not just the state of NJ, but our country handles violent sex. WE THE PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH AND WE WANT CHANGE. My cousin, Nicole Ayres, was a beautiful 22 yr. old softball stand out that was brutally murdered on September 13, 2010 by Stephan Headley, a registered sex offender, who was on parole at the time of her murder. On June 5, 2012, Headley plead guilty to purposely and willfully stabbing Nicole multiple times in the head, neck and back then leaving her body in a South Hampton soccer field. At the time of his plea, he showed absolutely no remorse as he explained his version of what happened that night.  Meanwhile, my Aunt and Uncle, Nicole’s mother and father had to sit and listen to how their baby died, my Aunt sobbing. Headley does not deserve to breathe the same air and he certainly does not deserve another chance at harming another innocent person.  There is an insurmountable amount of scientific evidence that suggests sex offenders cannot be rehabilitated.  Headley was charged with fondling an 11 yr. old which was plead down to child endangerment and only got him probation he then went on to willfully and perposedly kill my cousin. There is also evidence that he threated another person who he dated, threatening to kill both her and her mother cutting them up and feeding them to the pigs. He is truly a monster. Although Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi said his office will seek life in prison without the possibility of parole when Superior Court Judge James W. Palmer Jr. imposes the sentence set for September 10,  2012.  Judge James Palmer has stated that he would accept his plea and sentence him to the 30 years with 30 years served, which is the minimum sentence for first degree murder in the state of NJ.  This is such an injustice, not only to Nicole and ourfamily but to every tax paying citizen of NJ. As a resident and mother myself I certainly do not want this monster out on our streets in 30 years. Since Governor Corzine abolished the death penalty in 2007, life without parole was to be the sentence for the most brutal and heinous of crimes. This crime certainly falls under that category. I have started this petition not only raise awareness of Nicole’s case but to send a strong message to the politicians of NJ and to Judge Palmer, that as citizens of this state we are tired of our children being harmed by these monsters and a sex offender turned murderer should never be able to walk our streets to harm another person. We need to tell them that, as tax paying citizens; a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole is the only just sentence. Again, Nicole was not just my cousin she was a standout softball player with a promising life ahead of her. She was the 2007 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the year at Fordham University which she was awarded a full four year scholarship. Before Fordham, as a Varsity softball player at Deptford High School, she had an outstanding junior season where she averaged two strikeouts per inning, including 22 strikeouts in an eight-inning contest, while posting a 0.03 ERA. She was also a Clay Award Finalist, garnered All-South Jersey, All-Conference, and All-County honors.  She posted 22 wins, allowing only four earned runs to go with 19 shutouts in 2005 summer ball. She was also scheduled to return to Rutgers University in the fall of 2010, all that and more taken by a selfish monster. Please help our family get the word out to the residents of NJ that the state is not taking these types of crimes seriously. 


Thank you,


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Senator Madden of the 4 th distrist is aware of the petition

      Kellie Lando
      Petition Organizer

      I will be meeting with him the second week in July to discuss the current laws on the books and what can be done to change them. It's a start but I will not stop until the whole country is on board with making stricter laws against sexual predators and violent brutal murders.

    3. Reached 4,000 signatures
    4. Brickhouse radio did an interview last night with my Aunt and Uncle

      Kellie Lando
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep sharing via Facebook, Email, and word of mouth. We have to get these politicians to listen and the residents of NJ to know about our current sysytem.

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures
    6. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kathleen Ganiel STRATFORD, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      This petition is important to me because I have children and many nephews and nieces that I could not bare to loose to a predator.These monsters from hell deserve life without the possibility of parole.

      • almost 2 years ago

      Another beautiful and intellegent soul, put to rest, for the stupidity, rageful, animal with no remorse of taking another human beings life. How cold and brutal can someone be.. to take a life of someone else. He deserves the worst punishment that can be giving to an animal in the State of New Jersey. There should be no remorse in throughing away the keys on the animal. Why should my taxes go on taking care of this piece of shit!! He deserves to die!!!Why is this important to you? (Optional)

    • Justin Colon CHERRY HILL, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      This man shall never see the day of light after this henious crime.

    • Milan Carter PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Justice needs to be served for this innocent young woman , im only 19 & I feel these sick people need to be off the street and put under the jail ! Sorry for your lost

    • Maureen Horowitz MOUNT LAUREL, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      Good people must take action that the courts don't seem to be able to do. I pray that Nicole gets that justice you seek.


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