Last Saturday, Vincente Perez, 57, of Macon, Ga., made a life changing move that cost him his freedom.

Perez was gambling at the poker tables inside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. An argument began between him and Arthur Prince, 61, of Toms River, NJ.

With the tension increasing, the two men took their disagreement outside to the valet parking area, near the Virginia Avenue entrance.

This made the fight go from bad to worse, resulting in Prince’s fatal stab wound to his carotid artery. The knife was recovered from the crime scene.

Perez was charged with aggravated manslaughter, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose on Saturday night.

Perez made his first appearance in front of Superior Court Judge Albert Garofolo.

Although, Judge Garofolo kept Perez’s bail at $500,000 full cash, his attorney James Leonard Jr., told Garofolo he planned to complete a formal bail application the same day.

Perez remains in the Atlantic County jail pending further proceedings.

Perez’s wife, two adult daughters, and a brother came up from Georgia to be supportive.

According to the Press of Atlantic City, neither Leonard nor the Perez family had a comment after the brief hearing.

Perhaps the time spent in jail will allow Mr. Perez to contemplate the extent of his actions.

For further information please visit the Press of Atlantic City.

Tamika M. Murray blogs at PJ’s and A Movie and Stop and Stare Photos.

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