Pregnant Woman Reportedly Killed by Navy Officer Boyfriend

(Images: Facebook/GoFundMe)

A lieutenant in the United States Navy has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his pregnant girlfriend.

Emmanuel Dewayne Coble, 27, has also been charged with murder with the use of a firearm. Raquiah Paulette King, 20, was discovered off the side of the roadway in the ditch line on July 21 in Hanover County.

She was shot and killed.

Lt. James Cooper of the Hanover Sheriff’s Office informs PEOPLE that Coble and King were involved in a relationship and that King was 3 months pregnant at the time of her murder.

“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.

Prosecutors intend to file charges in correlation with the fetus’s death.

“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.”

According to Gregory King’s GoFundMe page, King was murdered because she refused to get a abortion.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Coble was recently stationed in Norfolk, operating on the USS John C. Stennis.

“The Navy is cooperating with law enforcement agencies involved with this case, and we extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victim,” Lt. Commander Robert Myers, public affairs officer for the Commander of the Naval Air Force Atlantic fleet said in a statement to the Times-Dispatch.

Coble appeared in Hanover General District Court on Tuesday. He has not yet entered a plea.

A bond hearing has been set for Friday. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for December 6.


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