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BAMAPHIN 22
10-18-2006, 10:56 AM
A man who authorities say strangled his pregnant girlfriend because she would not get an abortion was convicted Tuesday of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Stephen Poaches, 27, was found guilty after a non-jury trial in the slayings of 24-year-old LaToyia Figueroa and the fetus she was carrying.
He gave up his right to appeal, and prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
"He did not want this child to be born," prosecutor Carlos Vega said.

Figueroa had been missing for more than a month when a detective acting on a tip followed Poaches to a parking lot where he had hidden her body. He was apparently trying to move the body.

Poaches told police that he choked Figueroa after she struck him in the face and shoulder during an argument in his apartment. Poaches' lawyer argued that he should be convicted only of voluntary manslaughter.

Figueroa was five-months pregnant and had a 7-year-old daughter when she disappeared in 2005.

Her case drew national attention after a blogger asked national news organizations why the disappearances of a white woman had drawn a lot of attention while that of Figueroa -- who was black and Hispanic -- had not.

Poaches' defense attorney, Michael Coard, argued at trial that his client should be convicted only of voluntary manslaughter, not murder. Coard has said Poaches acted out of "sudden and intense passion" and not "malice, ill will, or a hardness of heart."

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/10/17/girlfriend.killed.ap/index.html

Timmy54
10-18-2006, 12:23 PM
there are so many places to go with this thread, and i am sure it will be hijacked soon enough, but dang some people just shouldnt be allowed to live. sick

Blade
10-18-2006, 12:25 PM
there are so many places to go with this thread, and i am sure it will be hijacked soon enough, but dang some people just shouldnt be allowed to live. sick

Agreed, that is just sick. Good thing he is behind bars now.

Mike13
10-18-2006, 12:36 PM
This guys deserves to die a painful death.

lazareth
10-18-2006, 01:00 PM
if it were even possible, 2 painful deaths