Oklahoma Man Murdered 7-Months Pregnant Woman, Her Unborn Baby After He Believed She Stole Tools From Him

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Mar. 7 2023, Published 1:32 p.m. ET

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An Oklahoma man is guilty of the 2018 homicides of a 7-months-pregnant woman and her unborn child, officials said.

Joshua Finkbeiner, 23, was convicted on March 6 of two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Saliya Toombs and her baby, KWTV-DT reported, citing the McClain County clerk.

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At trial, the defense argued Finkbeiner wasn’t the person responsible for Toombs and her unborn baby’s deaths and claimed a group he was with only wanted to scare the expectant mother, according to KFOR.

In May 2018, Toombs sent a text to her mother saying she believed someone was attempting to murder her. The message was the last Toombs sent to family, who reported her missing to police in Oklahoma City.

On May 2, 2018, police discovered Toombs’ body in the bed of a pickup truck in Goldsby after a man at a service station approached an officer and said he had run out of gas. He then admitted there was a body in his truck, police said.

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Finkbeiner claimed Toombs stole work tools from him that were worth hundreds of dollars.

He his girlfriend allegedly forced Toombs at gunpoint into his truck, which was when the victim sent the text to her mother, prosecutors said.

“Shaliyah Toombs was killed over nothing,” prosecutors said in court.

Finkbeiner’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 8.

“She’s a good person. She has a good heart,” the victim’s mother, Twyla Thompson, told KFOR of the victim.


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