WILKES-BARRE TWP. — An ex-boyfriend accused in the stabbing death of a Wilkes-Barre Township woman was extradited from New Jersey on Thursday to face a criminal homicide charge.
Township police and Luzerne County detectives allege Anthony Dion Shaw, 42, fatally stabbed Cindy Lou Ashton, 39, inside her Nicholson Street apartment on May 1 or May 2.
Shaw, of East Orange, New Jersey, was initially charged with Ashton’s homicide May 23.
Investigators allege he attempted to take his own life, leaving behind a suicide note May 3. After a brief hospital stay at Rutgers University Hospital, Shaw was jailed on an extradition warrant at Essex County Jail in New Jersey.
A handcuffed Shaw, dressed in blue jeans and a sweatshirt, kept his head down and remained quiet as he was escorted into Wilkes-Barre Township Police Headquarters where he was processed. Shaw was jailed at the county correctional facility where he was arraigned via video by District Judge Richard Cronauer of Wilkes-Barre.
Shaw was jailed without bail because bail is not granted on a criminal homicide charge in Pennsylvania.
Ashton’s body was found by police while conducting a welfare check when she failed to show for work at Mondelez Industries in Hanover Township Industrial Estates on May 2.
An autopsy by forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross revealed Ashton died from multiple stab wounds. Her death was ruled a homicide by county Coroner William Lisman.
Investigators allege Shaw killed Ashton with a Gerber folding knife he purchased at Kmart on Route 309, which is located less than a mile from Ashton’s apartment building.
According to a criminal complaint:
Shaw told investigators he drove from East Orange, New Jersey, to Nicholson Street on May 1 to speak with Ashton about their relationship. Shaw claimed they agreed to remain “friends with benefits.”
Investigators believe Shaw entered Kmart at 6:17 p.m. May 1, and used a bank card to purchase the folding knife and socks at 6:44 p.m.
Shaw used the same bank card to purchase gasoline at a service station in White Haven at 8:10 a.m. May 2.
Kmart surveillance cameras recorded Shaw without bandages on his thumb, but surveillance cameras at the White Haven station recorded Shaw with a bandage on his thumb.
Shaw claimed he was at Ashton’s residence until 7:30 a.m. May 2. A video camera near Ashton’s apartment showed Shaw leaving at 7:48 a.m., about 10 hours before Ashton’s body was found.
Other cameras in the neighborhood recorded Shaw moving Ashton’s vehicle that was found parked on Ketchum Street early May 2.
While Shaw was in the New Jersey hospital, authorities searched his apartment in East Orange, finding a handwritten note and a Gerber folding knife with suspected blood on it.
Investigators also found a Kmart receipt in Shaw’s vehicle, with suspected blood on it, reflecting the purchase of the folding knife and socks.
The note that Shaw wrote apologized to Ashton’s family.