HOUSTON — A Virginia sailor, convicted of murdering his Houston-area girlfriend after learning she was pregnant, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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According to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Marcus Levail Murphy flew to Houston for three hours on February 24, 2015, where he fatally stabbed 28-year-old Ebony Harris before returning home the same day to Virginia, a reported KHOU-TV.
According to KTRK-TV, responding officers found Harris dead in her apartment, stabbed in the back and chest. Prosecutors argued at trial that Murphy’s DNA was found under the victim’s fingernails.
Meanwhile, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg in a statement Thursday morning said the pregnant mother of two told Murphy she was expecting twins and they were hers, although that she was pregnant by another man. Murphy already had twins with his girlfriend in Virginia, KHOU reported.
“This poor woman opened the door to her home and thought she was going to celebrate a new chapter in her life, but instead the man she loved brutally stabbed her to keep their relationship a secret,” Ogg said, adding, “It was a planned, premeditated and cold-blooded case of domestic violence.
Murphy, 36, wore his U.S. Navy uniform throughout the week-long trial, KHOU reported.
According to KTRK, it took the jury an hour and 45 minutes to convict Murphy of Harris’s murder.
Murphy’s defense team plans to file an appeal, the broadcaster reported.
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