Odessa police and the United States Marshals Service arrested a man Tuesday afternoon on a charge of felony capital murder.
The man reportedly choked his pregnant wife then forced his knee into her abdomen while saying he wanted to kill her unborn baby, an Odessa police news release stated.
Joel Luna, 34, was arrested in Midland on Tuesday on a capital murder warrant and taken to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center, the release stated.
On May 1, Odessa police responded to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa in reverence to an assault victim, before investigation revealed that Luna had gotten into an argument with his 33-year-old wife, before he began choking her, causing her to lose consciousness, the release stated. Luna then kneeled on her abdomen and repeatedly applied force while stating that he wanted to kill her baby, the release detailed.
The release stated that the wife sought medical treatment and was told by medical personnel that she was five weeks pregnant and that she had lost the child she was carrying. Police investigation revealed that she sustained a traumatic miscarriage as a result of the injuries inflicted by Luna.