Joseph Mike Devia: Stabbed Girlfriend to Death, Left Her in a Ditch Because She Wouldn't Get an Abortion

Joseph Mike Devia: Charged with capital murder.
Joseph Mike Devia: Charged with capital murder.
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Houston police have arrested a 19-year-old man who they say stabbed a woman to death last year and then abandoned her body in a ditch, all because she refused to abort his child.

Joseph Mike Devia, who was in Chicago after enrolling in the Navy, was arrested Wednesday morning, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Court documents show Devia has been charged in the August 2010 death of Omoyeme Obehi Erazua, who was found in a ditch on the far west side of town in the 10500 block of Richmond.

Erazula had been staying at a shelter, and tests showed she was pregnant, and DNA tests all but prove Devia is the father.

Investigators found text messages indicating Devia knew he was the father and wanted her to have an abortion. When they interviewed him, he said he did not know her "very well," according to court documents.

Blood on the woman's clothes also matched Devia's DNA, police say.


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