A U.S. Navy Lieutenant in Virginia has been arrested and charged with fatally shooting a young woman whose remains were found discarded last month.
Emmanuel Dewayne Coble, 27, of Hampton, was also charged with felony use of a firearm in the killing of Raquiah Paulette King, 20, also of Hampton, whose remains were found July 21 near the intersection of Winns Church and Greenwood roads. The state medical examiner’s office determined she was shot to death.
Coble and King were involved in an intimate relationship, and King was three months pregnant at the time of her death, Hanover Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. James Cooper said. Charges are pending related to the death of the fetus, Cooper added.
A representative of King's family said that King moved to Virginia to be with Coble. The two presumably had a pretty good relationship until King became pregnant. They say that Coble changed his mind about wanting the baby and pressured King to have an abortion.
According to the GoFundMe page, made by King's family, King changed her mind after getting to the abortion clinic. The two left but soon got into a heated argument. The account says that the two argued in the car and Coble allegedly shot King killing her, and her baby, instantly.
Richmond.com reports Coble was arraigned on the charges Tuesday in Hanover General District Court. A preliminary hearing date was set for Dec. 6.
“I am incredibly proud of the diligence of our investigators and our law enforcement partners which led to the arrest of Emmanuel Coble,” Hanover Sheriff David Hines said in a statement. “This arrest is the first step in bringing justice to Raquiah King and her family.”
Our prayers to this young woman's family and loved ones.