Murder trial in death of pregnant teen that refused abortion of unborn twins begins

Trial began this week in the stabbing death of a pregnant teen whose boyfriend allegedly killed her when she refused to have an abortion.

17-year-old Ryan Matthews is on trial for the murder of his 16-year-old pregnant girlfriend, Arrjiana Hill.

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The girl’s younger brother found her murdered in her Texas home March of 2014.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Assistant Brazoria County District Attorney Travis Townsend told jurors he and fellow prosecutor Kurt Sistrunk would show that Matthews, 16 at the time, killed Hill at her family’s Pearland home during a tryst because he feared that his college and sports careers would be ruined if she gave birth.

According to Pearland, Texas police, Hill was pregnant with twins at the time of her death and a paternity analysis determined the Matthews was the father.

A local news report states that when Hill told Matthews that she missed her period he asked her if she “punched herself in the stomach.”

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According to the police report at the time of the arrest, an examination of Matthews’ cellphone showed online searches relating to pregnancy, including how late a doctor could perform an abortion in Texas, how to cause a miscarriage and if having sex while pregnant is safe for the fetus.

Matthews texts Hill on Feb. 28, 2014, saying, “why risk our life’s education and my sports career?” by having a child.

He then urges her to have an abortion as one news outlet reports:

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March 21, the day Hill died Matthews texted her and urged her to meet him after school for a sexual encounter at her house.

The Houston Chronicle reports what happened next:

Matthews’ attorneys claim their client is innocent.

Matthews has been certified as an adult and has been charged with capital murder where he faces 40 years in prison if convicted.

Life Dynamics has documented the violence pregnant women can face when they refuse to submit to abortion. The report, entitled Under the Radar Violence in the Conflict over Abortion, tragically summarizes other cases like this one.

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