Arizona Man Arrested For Murder Of Pregnant Wife: Second Murder Charge For Unborn Baby

An Arizona man was arrested for the murder of his pregnant wife. He received one charge for the murder of his wife and a second charge for the murder of his unborn son, Prescott News reports.

Kenneth Blair, 41, was arrested following an investigation by YCSO’s Criminal Investigations Bureau detectives for the murder of his wife, Delissa Blair, 41. Delissa was pregnant with their unborn child at the time of the murder and Blair was also charged for a second count of murder. The couple had two children together, ages 5 and 11. The children were home at the time of the murder but were uninjured.

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Yesterday, Blair contacted YCSO claiming that he had accidentally shot his wife while they fought over a handgun. Dwight D’Evelyn, the spokesman for Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, said that the police arrived at their home in Prescott to find Delissa lying on the bed with a gunshot wound to the head. She was quickly transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center where she later died from her injuries, Raycom News Network reports.

“When deputies arrived, they found Delissa lying on the bed suffering from a gunshot wound to her head.”

Kenneth was taken into custody and was taken in for an additional interview. During the follow-up interview, Kenneth admitted that he was fighting with Delissa and was upset, so he shot her, D’Evelyn revealed to the Daily Courier.

“Kenneth was detained and eventually admitted in a follow-up interview that he became upset with Delissa and shot her.”

Kenneth was taken to Camp Verde Detention Center Saturday night and charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

The detectives have been at the scene collecting evidence and further investigating. The children and other family members have been assisted by the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center, the Department of Child Safety, and the Trauma Intervention Programs.

Back in June, a Connecticut man admitted to murdering his wife, who was eight months pregnant with their unborn girl, who also died. While he was charged with the murder of his wife, he was not charged with another count of murder for his unborn child because Connecticut is one of the few states who will not recognize the death of an unborn child as a homicide.

Life News reports that Patrick Antoine, 39, admitted to stabbing and killing his wife, Mandy, and unborn child. Further, Antoine also admitted to setting their apartment on fire.

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It has been revealed that 37 states currently recognize unborn fetuses for unlawful killing. Unfortunately, Connecticut is not on that list of states that protect unborn children. While Mandy was eight months pregnant with the baby girl, she would have been viable outside the womb. Mandy’s family revealed that they had just threw a baby shower for her a month prior to the incident, as the baby would have been due in July.

Life News reported that during the night of the alleged murder, Antoine and Mandy were in a verbal argument in the kitchen. When Mandy walked out of the kitchen, Antoine grabbed a steak knife, put it in his pocket, then eventually stabbed her and lit the house on fire.

It is undetermined whether the unborn child was dead at the time of stabbing or if it died soon after. Antoine also accused Mandy of being a “Voodoo priestess” and said that she told him that he would die prior to the baby arriving. He accused Mandy of casting spells on him over the course of several years. Further, Antoine did not believe that Mandy’s baby was his child.

Unfortunately, Mandy’s baby did not receive justice even though she could have lived had she been born at eight months. We can only hope that Kenneth Blair receives a justifiable punishment for the death of his wife and unborn child.

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