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Missouri man accused of strangling pregnant girlfriend with lamp cord

  • Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 9:22 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 9:49 a.m.

— A St. Louis man is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly strangling his pregnant girlfriend with a lamp cord.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 26-year-old Michael J. Collins is jailed on $500,000 cash-only bond in the death of 27-year-old Denitra Jones. She was found strangled inside her apartment in Hazelwood Monday morning.

Collins is also charged in the death of Jones' 2-month-old fetus. Collins would have been the father.

Police have not disclosed a possible motive.

Jones was a teacher at a child care center on the Washington University campus. She had just started the job on Aug. 1.

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