Teen May Get Life for Shooting Pregnant Woman

Published May 19, 2009

A West Virginia teenager has pled guilty to a murder he committed to avenge the death of his sister.

Kelly Juwan Chapman, 16, is expected to receive a life sentence after he admitted to shooting a pregnant woman and killing her unborn son. He told a judge on Tuesday that he retrieved a pistol he kept in an alley last November after confronting Natasha Folden, 19.

He shot her in the abdomen, he says, after Folden denied involvement in the killing of his sister.

"She was pregnant at the time, and you knew she was pregnant?" asked Judge Duke Bloom.

"Yes, sir," Chapman replied.

Folden, who survived the shooting, says her newborn died in the womb from the attack after she carried him for 22 weeks.

She was shot near a Charleston shopping area as her mother and 1-year-old girl witnessed the incident.

Prosecutors and lawyers for Chapman will argue whether the judge should grant him the chance for parole after 15 years when he's sentenced in July.

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Written by BET.com News Staff

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