AP: Man charged with murder in death of pregnant Wichita woman


WICHITA, Kan. — A 37-year-old Wichita man is charged with first-degree murder and several other counts after a crash that killed a pregnant woman while he allegedly was fleeing from police.

KAKE-TV reports Javan Jermaine Ervin made his first court appearance Friday. He is charged in the death of by 22-year-old Samantha Russell. Investigators say Ervin was fleeing from police after a suspected robbery Tuesday. Police ended the case shortly after it started but prosecutors say Ervin was still speeding when he ran a red light and crashed into three vehicles, including Russell’s.

She was 33 weeks pregnant. Russell died but doctors were able to deliver her son, Mac.


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