HOUSTON, TX, December 8, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Houston man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murdering a woman pregnant with his child after she refused an abortion.
The Los Angeles Times reports that 19-year-old Joseph Mike Devia was taken into custody at a Navy Training Camp in the Chicago area and is being extradited to Texas. He is being charged with capital murder in the August 2010 death of Omoyeme Obehi Erazua.
Devia had told investigators that he did not know Erazua well, and had not seen her for two months prior to her death, according to the Harris County police report.
He acknowledged that he had arranged to meet her at St. Joseph’s hospital on the night of August 21st after she called him to request a ride, but claimed that she never arrived at the meeting place. Telephone records showed that Devia had received a call from a public telephone at the hospital that night.
Erazua’s body was discovered the next morning in a ditch behind an office building located 13 miles from St. Joseph’s, with stab wounds to her neck and torso.
A DNA sample obtained from Devia reportedly matched blood on Erazua’s body, and also confirmed that he was likely the father of her unborn child.
The report noted that Erazua and Devia had exchanged text messages prior to Erazua’s death which revealed that Devia believed himself to be the father of her child, and that she was refusing his pressure to end the pregnancy.
Erazua was staying at the Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter in Houston at the time of her death, and was seen leaving the shelter with a group of men on the 21st.
According to the autopsy report, she was in her late first or early second trimester, and carrying a boy.