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Man accused in murder of Michigan woman, intentionally causing miscarriage

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Sep. 14 2021, Published 9:18 a.m. ET

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A man has been charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed a woman, intentionally causing her to have a miscarriage, police said.

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Around 1:20 p.m. Aug. 8, Grand Rapids, Michigan, police responded to the 1400 block of Burke Avenue for a report of a shooting.

A 24-year-old victim, later identified as Marissa Leigh Valdez, was located inside the apartment, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She died at the scene, according to Grand Rapids police.

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A male suspect, identified as Dealeyon Jaishawn Franklin, 24, was still at the scene and was taken into custody without incident, according to police.

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Cops say Valdez and Franklin knew each other. But, authorities have not released what led to the shooting.

Franklin has been charged with homicide, assaulting a pregnant person causing miscarriage or stillbirth and felony firearm.

He is being held at the Kent County Correctional Facility without bond.


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