Fatal Stabbing in Bucks County Is a Domestic Violence Case

Posted by Joseph Lento | Apr 05, 2024 | 0 Comments

In Pennsylvania, domestic violence cases are all too common. Victims of domestic abuse can seek protection by applying for a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order against their attackers. This type of legal protection helps keep potential domestic violence victims safe—without one, the risk of violence and abuse is simply too high. 

At the LLF Law Firm, we can help you protect yourself from domestic abuse. We'll assist you with getting a PFA by guiding you through the entire process. Protect yourself from violence. Call our Family Law Team today at 888-535-3686 or fill out our online form

A Man in Bucks County Fatally Stabbed His Ex-Girlfriend 

In February 2024, a 23-year-old man was charged by police with fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend. The police were called for a burglary in progress in Lower Makefield Township, and when they arrived on the scene, they saw Trevor Weigel tackle a woman to the ground. He then repeatedly stabbed her. The woman he attacked was 19-year-old Jaden Battista, who is allegedly Weigel's ex-girlfriend. Battista died from her wounds at the hospital. 

Weigel fled the scene and started stabbing himself in the neck, but police were eventually able to take him into custody. He had surgery at the hospital and is expected to survive. He has been charged with homicide, burglary, and other charges. 

A Protection From Abuse Order Can Help Prevent Domestic Violence 

In Pennsylvania, a PFA is a type of legal order that prevents one person from contacting or coming near another. The two people must have a domestic relationship, meaning they either are or were in an intimate relationship or they live together. The person accused of domestic abuse (the defendant) usually must also give up any weapons or firearms to the police. If the defendant violates the PFA and tries to contact the person who filed the order (the plaintiff), they can be charged with criminal contempt and sent to jail. 

What To Do if You Feel Threatened by Domestic Violence 

Even if you've broken up with someone, you're still considered to have a domestic relationship with them. If they threaten you or make you feel unsafe because you decided to break up with them, you should file for a PFA against them. In the case of Trevor Weigel and Jaden Battista, there was no PFA in place, and the two were no longer together. However, if Battista had felt threatened by Weigel, she could have filed for a PFA against him. 

At the LLF Law Firm, our Family Law Team can help you get the protection you need. We'll assist you with filing for a PFA and let you know what your best options are in your situation. Call 888-535-3686 or send us your info via our online form

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Joseph Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento is a veteran of one of the nation's busiest family courts with nearly 20 years' experience passionately helping families. By day, he worked in the trenches of family court, and at night, he studied the law. He helped countless families while working at family court, and he went on to become an attorney, dedicating his law practice to continuing the work he started years earlier. Mr. Lento's experience both behind the scenes and on the front lines allows him to understand a client's family law matter from all angles, and allows him to find and employ the most effective strategies to get favorable outcomes for any client. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania New Jersey, and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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