Pregnant Woman Murder: Husband Charged With SlayingBy: Jasmine Allen - January 3, 2014
A charge has been brought against the alleged killer of missing pregnant woman, Melissa Sowders, whose body was apparently discovered on Thursday in Harris County, Texas.
The estranged husband of Sowders, 28-year-old Matthew Sowders, may face the death penalty or life in prison in the slaying of his ex-wife and her unborn child.
Divers found the body of who they believe to be the 26-year-old behind Matthew’s home.
Her abandoned white Honda Accord on I-45 led investigators to the exact location of the body in Cypress Creek. Sowders had been missing since Dec. 26.
Her boyfriend said the last time he spoke with her is when she dropped him off at work prior to meeting up with her ex-husband and their daughter. Witnesses say she was seen at McDonald’s with the two the day she disappeared.
During a hearing Friday, two witnesses came forth to testify against Matthew.
According to one woman, she saw what she “believed to be a lifeless body in the doorway of Matt Sowders’ apartment when she went to visit” on the same day the mom-to-be went missing.
She then alerted the police in a conference call, which led to Matthew openly confessing his involvement in the murder of his ex-wife.
Matthew was denied bond on Friday and is being held in the Harris County Jail.
His attorney claims that his client had nothing to do with Sowders’ death.
“He is maintaining his innocence. It was a shock to be charged and arrested without a cause of death determination. He is not guilty of this charge,” Neyland said in a statement to ABC News.
An autopsy has yet to be done to verify the identity and cause of death.
Yet, further details into the story make the motives behind her death seem like an act of jealousy.
Opened records show that the two filed for divorce in October 2013 and were in the middle of the legal process. They had four children together. However, Sowders was said to be expecting her fifth child with her boyfriend.