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Texas man killed his pregnant wife, deleted Facebook messages with her while in custody: cops say

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Aug. 13 2021, Published 5:02 p.m. ET

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A Texas man has been accused of killing his pregnant wife, then trying to cover up his alleged crime from jail, police said.

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The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office in Texas responded to the scene during a domestic disturbance, according to KLTV.

When they arrived, they found that Margaret Ann Sanders had been shot with a small-caliber gun, KLTV reported. She was airlifted to a hospital from the scene for further treatment of the gunshot wound to her torso.

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Margaret Sanders died and was believed to have been pregnant when she was shot, the Sheriff's Office told KLTV.

An arrest warrant was obtained for capital murder for her husband, Jason Cory Sanders, 43, KLTV reported.

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Sanders told investigators he fired a shot in the air just to scare his wife and that a projectile struck her, according to FOX 29.

While speaking to investigators, Sanders said he needed to use his phone to message his boss, FOX 29 reported. Instead, a deputy saw him deleting Facebook messages with his wife, according to FOX 29.

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He has been booked for aggravated assault with capital murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, family violence and tampering with evidence, according to FOX 29.

He is being held in the Hopkins County Jail on a $2 million bond, FOX 29 reported.


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