A Navy sailor learned his secret girlfriend was pregnant with twins. So, he went to her home and when she opened the door, he stabbed her to death.
Now, he will never hurt another person.
A judge in Texas sentenced Marcus Levail Murphy, 36, to life in prison without parole. He was convicted of capital murder for the death of 28-year-old Ebony Harris, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
“This poor woman opened the door to her home and thought she would be celebrating a new chapter in her life, but instead the man she loved brutally stabbed her to keep their relationship secret,” District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “This was a planned, premeditated and cold-blooded case of domestic violence.”
Murphy served in the U.S. Navy and wore his naval uniform throughout the trial, prosecutors said.
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On Feb. 24, 2015, Murphy drove from his home to Charlotte, where he boarded a plane to Detroit and then on to Houston, prosecutors said. He spent a total of three hours in Houston.
While there, he went to the apartment of Harris and stabbed her to death, prosecutors said. She recently told Murphy she was expecting twins and they were his. The father of the children was actually another person.
Murphy already had twins with his girlfriend in Virginia.
After the stabbing, Murphy booked a flight to Atlanta and then Charlotte, prosecutors said. His DNA was found underneath her fingernails.
“He hoped to cover his tracks, but flight information, DNA and cellphone records proved what he did,” said Assistant District Attorney Samantha Knecht, who prosecuted the case with ADA Lisa Calligan. “Ebony fought hard, but she could not stop this man, and we’re proud that this jury did.”
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