A man charged with murdering his pregnant sister confessed on a doorbell video to stabbing her to death, police say.
Michael Ify Egwuagu, 25, from Texas, was caught on a recording made by a doorbell camera holding a knife as he walked away from the home Jennifer Ebichi was attacked in, US media cites an arrest affidavit as saying.
NBC News reports the same video also captured the moment he told a church member: “I killed Jennifer.”
The 32-year-old pregnant victim was found with multiple stab wounds in a property in Pflugerville, around 17 miles north of Austin, on Friday.
She died at the scene.
Officers had found Mrs Ebichi on the kitchen floor with “obvious injuries to her abdomen and face,” the police affidavit says.
Her brother was taken into custody and charged with murder after he was found in the street outside the home naked with blood on him and a bloody large knife on the ground next to him.
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The victim’s twin brother, Martin Egwuagu, told police Mrs Ebichi texted him around 5.30am saying the suspect was at the home and “was having a crisis”.
Martin Egwuagu said when he spoke with his brother in an effort to calm him down, Michael Egwuagu “made several strange statements,” the police affidavit says.
Mrs Ebichi texted her brother again at 4.10pm asking him to come around. When he arrived, a church member was standing outside with Ms Ebichi’s oldest child, who was covered in blood.
Martin Egwuagu told deputies he found Mrs Ebichi’s body inside the home and saw his brother Michael in the street appearing to pray.
The suspect reportedly kept repeating that his brother Martin was “one of the good ones”, before he stripped off his bloody clothes and put them in a bin, leaving himself naked.
According to a fundraising page in Mrs Ebichi’s memory, she was married with two young children.
It remembers her as having “a huge heart that was so giving, she would give her love, time, energy, and knowledge out freely to those who seek these intangibles with no expectation of anything in return.”
The page adds: “She had such a great sense of humour and a laugh that was contagious.”