Crime

Navy Lt. charged with first-degree murder in the death of his pregnant girlfriend

Prosecutors plan to file charges in connection with the death of her baby

By Dave Andrusko

Another pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed, reportedly because she refused to abort.

Emmanuel  Coble, 27 and a U.S. Navy lieutenant, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Raquiah Paulette King. People magazine reports that prosecutors “plan to file charges” in connection with the death of her baby. 

“King, 20, was found July 21 in Hanover County off the side of the road in the ditch line.”

Lt. James Cooper, a spokesman for the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, said “that Coble and King were in a relationship and King was three months pregnant at the time of her death.”

“After an extensive investigation involving multiple agencies, investigators with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office were able to quickly identify a suspect in this case,” the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. 

“I am incredibly proud of the diligence of our investigators and our law enforcement partners which led to the arrest of Emmanuel Coble,” Sheriff Colonel David R. Hines said in a statement. “This arrest is the first step in bringing justice to Raquiah King and her family.” 

In a Go Fund Me page which is no longer up, Gregory King, who identifies himself as the young woman’s father, said King and Coble lived together and recently learned that they were expecting a child.

King said the two began arguing after the boyfriend “changed his mind about having the baby” and tried to force “Raquiah to have an abortion, which she refused.” At one point, he said his daughter gave into the pressure and went to an abortion facility with Coble, but she changed her mind inside.

“They then got into a fight outside in the car on the way home [and] the killer killed her nd her unborn baby,” King wrote on the fundraising page.

Under a Virginia 2004 law, “any person who unlawfully, willfully, deliberately, maliciously and with premeditation kills the fetus of another” (with the exception of an abortion) may be imprisoned from 20 years to life; and any person who does so without premeditation may be imprisoned for not less than five nor more than 40 years.”

A preliminary hearing is set for December 6th. 

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