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Man Admits Murdering Romantic Rival in Jamison Shooting

May 18, 2017

Contact: Matthew D. Weintraub, 215.348.6345, mdweintraub@buckscounty.org

Gould, Jeffrey
     Jeffrey Gould

A Bensalem man who shot and killed a rival suitor for a young woman’s affections pleaded guilty this afternoon to third-degree murder.

Jeffrey T. Gould, 34, admitted fatally shooting Edward G. Dubinsky on the front porch of the victim’s home in Jamison late on July 13, 2016. As part of the negotiated plea, attorneys recommended that Gould receive a sentence of 12 ½ to 17 ½ years at the minimum end, and no more than 40 years at the maximum end.

Gould also pleaded guilty to possession of an instrument of crime. The plea negotiation calls for whatever sentence he receives for that crime to run concurrent with the sentence imposed for the murder.

Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. accepted the plea and deferred sentencing for at least 90 days while a presentence investigation is conducted.  

Dubinsky, 33, died of a single gunshot to the back crown of his head. He was found lying face-up in a pool of blood on the porch of his home on Virginia Lane in the Deer Run development of Jamison, Warwick Township.

The woman who fueled Gould’s rivalry with Dubinsky, Zannatul Asha Naim, told investigators she had been sitting on Dubinsky’s lap when Gould walked up the driveway with a gun and shot the victim at 11:30 p.m.

Naim claimed that Gould then pistol-whipped her and forced her to go with him on a week-long odyssey of evasion – first to Delaware County, where he switched Naim’s car for his mother’s boyfriend’s truck; then to an uncle’s house in North Carolina; and finally back to Mechanicsburg, Philadelphia and Naim’s parents’ house in Perkasie before Gould surrendered to police.

In the weeks leading up to the murder, District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub said, Dubinsky and Gould had been taunting and insulting one another via emails and phone calls.

Dubinsky and Naim had been involved in a long-term relationship until about three months before the murder, when Naim began living with Gould in Bensalem, Weintraub said. In time, however, she reconnected with Dubinsky, and began moving her belongings out of Gould’s apartment.

About four weeks before the shooting, Weintraub said, Gould foreshadowed the crime with this email: “(L)eave my future wife alone or I’ll see you soon where the deer run across Virginia lane. I hear it’s quite dangerous at night especially because season is open ;)”

Defense attorney S. Philip Steinberg disputed that the email suggested an intent to kill. “That was one of many, many, many emails” between the two men, he told Bateman. “We disagree that it foreshadowed an intent.”

On the day of the murder, Naim and Dubinsky had left together for the Jersey Shore, where they spent the day quarreling and fighting before returning to Pennsylvania and meeting up again on Dubinsky’s porch that evening.

“They sat together on his front porch until about 11:30 p.m. with him sitting on the step and her straddling his lap,” Weintraub said. “Naim stated that it was then that she saw the defendant walk up the driveway with a gun in his hand. She claims she tried to protect Dubinsky from getting shot, but was unsuccessful.” 

A shell casing left at the scene matched a casing found in the gun case at Gould’s Bensalem apartment, Weintraub said.

The case was investigated by the Warwick Township Police Department and the Bucks County Detectives, and prosecuted by Weintraub and Assistant District Attorney Megan A. Hunsicker.

Approved for release by Gregg D. Shore, First Assistant District Attorney.

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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