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Man Charged in Va. Slay of Pregnant Twin

March 22, 2005

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) _ A pregnant woman was fatally stabbed in her home by her twin brother, police said.

Larry Ray Nielson, 28, was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the death of Tabitha Nielson Bonaparte, who was stabbed in her chest, back, stomach and arms.

Marlene Starkey, the siblings’ mother, said her son had been drinking when he arrived Sunday night at the home where Starkey, Bonaparte, her six children and Bonaparte’s boyfriend live.

She said Bonaparte tried to make Nielson leave around midnight and they began to argue. When Bonaparte threatened to call the police, Nielson said he would leave.

Starkey said she then heard her daughter scream and ran to her side. ``He tore her to pieces,″ Starkey said.

Bonaparte was about three months’ pregnant; the fetus did not survive.

Nielson was being held in the Danville City Jail.

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