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Man Pleads Guilty to Murder in Pregnant Woman's 2018 Stabbing

Encanto murder plea
Author: La Prensa
Created: 20 July, 2022
Updated: 24 July, 2022

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who fatally stabbed a pregnant woman whose
body was found near an Encanto park more than four years ago pleaded guilty
this week to the murders of the woman and her fetus.

Napolean Joel Lange, 28, is set to be sentenced next month for the
stabbing of 29-year-old Lavaughn Rawshanda Nicole Williams, whose body was
discovered on the afternoon of Jan. 13, 2018.

Police said Williams was stabbed in the upper body. She was found on
the slope of a ravine in the 500 block of South 66th Street by a bystander who
reported the discovery to police.

Lange was arrested two days after Williams' body was found.

He pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder for Williams' death
and second-degree murder for the death of the fetus, according to Deputy
District Attorney Ramona McCarthy.

According to a San Diego Union-Tribune article from early 2018, which
cites a now-defunct GoFundMe page created to raise funds for Williams' funeral
expenses, the victim was two months pregnant at the time of her death.

Police and prosecutors have not commented on a motive for the slaying,
nor the exact relationship between Lange and the victim. An SDPD statement
from 2018 states that the two were ``acquainted.''

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