An Indiana teen has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a pregnant high school cheerleader in the heart and then tossing her body in a dumpster.
Aaron Trejo, 17, made the surprising move in court Wednesday during what had initially been scheduled as a regular status hearing in the case, according to local station WSBT.
Trejo agreed to plead guilty to murder and feticide in the death of 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang, who was six months pregnant when she agreed to meet Trejo behind her house to discuss the pregnancy on Dec. 8, 2018.
Trejo is believed to have been the baby’s father, local station WXIN reports.
In court Wednesday, Trejo admitted he knowingly killed Rouhselang that night and terminated the pregnancy.
He and the teen cheerleader had multiple conversations about the pregnancy before her death. On Wednesday, Trejo said the pair didn't talk much on the final night of her life before he stabbed her and she fell to the ground, according to WSBT.
Trejo had been angry that the teen had waited too long to have an abortion and stabbed her in the heart, according to earlier court documents in the case obtained by WXIN. After she died, he placed her body in a black plastic bag and threw it into a dumpster behind a restaurant. He took her phone and the murder weapon and threw them in a nearby river.
In court Wednesday, Trejo admitted to the killing in a packed courtroom, filled with family and friends of both teenagers. The mood was somber and quiet crying could be heard at times during the proceedings.
After news of the guilty plea, the Mishawaka Schools Superintendent Wayne Barker released a brief statement.
“We trust our local authorities to complete the legal process which includes sentencing in January. Our thoughts are with the Mishawaka families who continue to grieve this terrible loss,” he said.
Trejo is expected to be sentenced in January and is facing a maximum sentence of 80 years behind bars.
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