Second arrest made in 2013 killing of pregnant woman, unborn child

Second arrest made in 2013 killing of pregnant woman, unborn child

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A second man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman in 2013.

Police say 37-year-old Antonio Xavier Jennings is charged with murder in the death of 19-year-old Ondrea Stevenson and her unborn child.

Just two weeks earlier, on March 28, 33-year-old Carlos Delonte Knox was also arrested and charged with first-degree murder, murder of an unborn child and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the case.

Stevenson was sleeping on a couch at a west Charlotte apartment on Dec. 5, 2013, when nine shots were fired into a window near the couch, killing her.

Ondrea’s murder case is about six years old, but the wounds are still so fresh for Jaylen Drayton. He’s Ondrea’s younger brother.

Drayton, who is 19, is the same age his sister was when she died. He was just 12-years-old when his world was shattered. Losing his big sister has left a hole in his life – he says, he’s always replaying their last conversation in his head.

“I had just talked to her the day before she passed away. She said she was coming back and she’s never come back,” said Drayton.

Ondrea was 13-weeks pregnant when the apartment she was in was blasted with bullets. Jaylen says he was excited about becoming an uncle and eager to see his sister be a mother. Ondrea was already trying to set up a good life for her family. She had just graduated from high school and was taking criminal justice classes at Shaw University.

Stevenson
Stevenson

Ondrea was never supposed to be the intended target. Early on the evening of December 4, a group of men came to the apartment looking for Stevenson’s boyfriend. He wasn’t there.

At 2 a.m., someone or several people fired the deadly gunshot(s).

“She got along with everybody,” said her aunt, Jean Howie, “there was not a mean bone in her heart.”

Stevenson was a recent graduate of Independence High School and was taking classes in criminal justice at Shaw University.

Investigators have not said what evidence led to the arrest of Jennings or Knox more than four years later.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Police say the investigation is continuing and there’s a reward for $5,000 with any clues that will them close the case.

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