A 30-year-old PA veterinarian was arrested Tuesday in connection with last week’s alleged murder of a 27-year-old co-worker and their unborn son. The police reported that the suspect has been charged with one count of criminal homicide and one count of criminal homicide of an unborn child. The suspect was arraigned Tuesday morning and was denied bail.
The woman was last seen alive last week outside her apartment, according to a previous police report. PA State police found her body on Friday morning, after more than a day of searching. According to court documents received by a NY City Criminal Lawyer, the victim had been shot three times, twice in the head and once in the back.
Those court documents also revealed that after the woman was initially reported missing, police received a call concerning a suspicious vehicle left in an area parking lot. After arriving on scene, the authorities determined that the car belonged to the missing woman. More concerning still, court documents confirmed that the car’s windshield was broken and investigators found a large amount of blood, human tissue, and gun-shell casings inside the vehicle.
Police interviews with the victim’s roommate revealed that the woman was two-months pregnant with the suspect’s child and was planning to meet with the suspect the night she went missing, police said. The autopsy determined the woman was pregnant with a healthy male fetus.
According to a New York Criminal Lawyer, state police went to the suspect’s home to speak with him, and received permission to search his car. Their search revealed a gun in the trunk of the vehicle, and police revealed that theshell casings found inside the victim’s car matched that gun. After obtaining a search warrant to further search the suspect’s car, the victim’s cellphone was also believed to have been found under a seat in the suspect’s car.
The victim’s family released the following statement to local area 69 News: “We are very thankful an arrest has been made. Please understand that we are dealing with preparing our family for the next two days. Our focus has been and will continue to be (mother) and her child. She was a loving kind peaceful girl. She and her baby did not deserve this. She was so happy to become a mom and share motherhood with her family. We ask for you to respect our privacy and allow us to grieve (mother) and her baby boy.”
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