HOUSTON (CBS Houston) — A Houston man who enlisted in the Navy was arrested in the Chicago area Wednesday morning for allegedly killing a pregnant woman who refused to abort their child.

Joseph Devia, 19, has been charged with capital murder by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for the Aug. 2010 death of Omoyeme Erazua.

Erazua’s body was found in a ditch with multiple stab wounds to her neck and upper torso behind an apartment complex by Harris County authorities, according to a Harris County District Court police report. She was late into the first trimester of her pregnancy at the time of her death.

Police say Erazua was staying at the Mission of Yahweh shelter just before her death. A shelter official says Erazua left with several unknown men a day before she was found dead.

Police found text messages on Erazua’s cell phone to Devia stating that he was the father of their unborn child. Other messages show that Devia wanted Erazua to have an abortion but she refused.

In June of this year, Harris County authorities interviewed Devia about the text messages. He told police that he did know Erazua, but not well, and denied seeing her right before her death.

According to the District Attorney’s office, DNA taken from Devia was a match for blood found at the crime scene and was a 99.99-percent match for the paternity test of the fetus.


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