Under-the-Radar Violence in the Conflict Over Abortion

Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012 in Reports

Erazua, Omoyeme “Christine” | 19 | 2011 | TX | Abortion Motive Confirmed Authorities in Houston say that Joseph Mike Devia stabbed Ms. Erazua in the neck more than 20 times and threw her into a ditch to die because she refused to abort their unborn child. Devia, who was linked to the crime by DNA evidence as well as text messages he sent to the victim, was arrested in Illinois and sent back to Texas where he awaits trial for capital murder. [Houston Chronicle 12-6-2011 • My Fox News Houston 12-
7-2011 • HoustonPress.com 12-8-2011 • Harris County District Court SPN 02592732]

Escamilla, Anyssia Katherine | 17 | 2010 | CA | Abortion Motive Confirmed According to investigators, Jesus Francisco Avitia, Jr., told them that he killed Ms. Escamilla because she was pregnant with his child and refused to have an abortion. After being choked to death and placed in a garbage can, her body was hidden under 60 feet of trash in a nearby landfill. Avitia has been charged with two counts of murder. [The Associated Press 5-25-2010 • The Press-Enterprise 8-16-2010]

Espeleta, Jeanette Gomez | 20 | 1998 | CA | Abortion Motive Confirmed
According to press reports, when Ms. Espeleta told Richard Tovar that she was pregnant with his child, he ordered her to have an abortion. Because she refused, he shot her to death. Afterward, Tovar and two accomplices rented a boat and dumped her body into the Pacific Ocean. In 2000, he was convicted for her murder and given life in prison with no possibility of parole. [The Orange County Register 11-4-2000]

Figueroa, LaToyia | 24 | 2005 | PA | Abortion Motive Confirmed
After Ms. Figueroa became pregnant by Stephen Poaches, he demanded that she have an abortion. Authorities say that, because she refused, Poaches strangled her and dumped her body in a vacant lot. In
2006, he was convicted in the case and given life in prison without the possibility of parole. [Associated Press
10-17-2006 • Philadelphia Inquirer 10-18-2006 • Philadelphia Daily News 10-14-2006]

Fludd, Shameka | 23 | 2003 | MD | Abortion Motive Confirmed
According to authorities, Tjane Charmeise Marshall shot Ms. Fludd to death because she was pregnant with his child and would not have an abortion. Friends of the victim stated that she had told them that Marshall was enraged about the pregnancy but that she could not bear the thought of having an abortion. In 2005, Marshall received life-plus-20-years for Ms. Fludd’s murder. [Washington Post 12-20-2004]

Fox, Tanika Rachelle | 17 | 1999 | NC | Abortion Motive Confirmed
Ms. Fox was pregnant with the child of Shawn Kristopher Holliman when he shot her to death. Law enforcement investigators discovered that the motive for the murder was that Ms. Fox had refused Holliman’s demand to have an abortion. In 2001, he was convicted of her murder and given life in prison. [North Carolina Court of Appeals No. COA02-133 • The Greensboro News and Record 7-11-2001]

Graham, Shawnte | 19 | 1994 | IL | Abortion Motive Confirmed
Prosecutors say that when U.S. Navy Petty Officer, Weldon May, was told that his girlfriend was pregnant, he demanded that she have an abortion. When she refused, May recruited Michael Sapp to kill her. In exchange, May said he would see that Sapp was admitted to the Navy even though he had been previously rejected for poor vision. Sapp went to Ms. Graham’s apartment, forced her to strip naked and fatally shot her in the left eye with a .32-caliber handgun. In 1996, May pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and Sapp was convicted of the same charge. [Chicago Tribune 2-25-1994 / 9-21-1996]