A Mississippi judge’s son was charged Wednesday with murdering his pregnant girlfriend just days before she was due to give birth, police said.
A specially appointed judge was needed for a hearing into Terrence Sample, 33, because the others in Holmes County know his mother, Rosie Sample, a justice in a neighboring county, according to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger.
Sample is charged with kidnapping and murdering Makayla Winston, 21, whose body was discovered in a ditch near Lexington on Monday and whose due date for her first baby was just 3 days later, on July 4.
He was also charged with capital murder for the unborn baby because Mississippi is one of 38 states with a fetal homicide law.
Winston’s family told cops that Sample was her boyfriend, and Holmes County Sheriff Willie March said they were seen together Thursday, the night the mom-to-be went missing.
“She was heading to show the sonogram to the baby’s father,” Winston’s mom, Yvetty Brown, had earlier told WLBT.
However, Sample has denied being in a relationship with the victim, saying he was instead seeing another woman, who is also being questioned, the sheriff told the Clarion Ledger.
Sample was denied bond at Wednesday’s hearing.
With Post wires