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Man Charged With Fatally Stabbing Pregnant Girlfriend And Killing Her Unborn Child

Jimmy David Cole is charged with three murder counts, two counts of felonious assault and a count of tampering with evidence for allegedly killing Alicia Rosa and her unborn baby, believed to be Cole's.

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An Ohio man has been indicted for fatally stabbing his pregnant girlfriend and killing her unborn child, believed to be his own, in the process. 

Jimmy David Cole, 29, is charged with three murder counts, two counts of felonious assault and a count of tampering with evidence, for allegedly killing Alicia Rosa, 23, and her unborn baby, according to People.

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"She was reportedly in a relationship with Cole and it is believed that the child she was carrying was Cole's," reads a statement from Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson and Bowling Green Police Chief Tony Hetrick that People obtained.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office got a 911 call at around 4:18 p.m. on March 30 about an unresponsive female on North Main St. in the city of Bowling Green, according to The Bowling Green Police Division, which responded and discovered Rosa dead. Detectives investigated the death as suspicious.

A photo of Alicia Rosa Confer

The next day, just after 3 p.m., Cole was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant in Fostoria, Ohio, before later being indicted on the charges related to Rosa, according to Bowling Green Police. He was taken to the Wood County Justice Center. The Fostoria Police Department said that Cole was arrested without incident. 

"We would like to thank the public for the numerous tips received in relation to his whereabouts," Bowling Green Police said about Cole's arrest.

Cole faces up to life in prison if convicted, according to People. The accused killer "took steps to destroy or conceal evidence of his other offenses," according to the indictment, accounting for the tampering with evidence charge. The three murder counts are due to Cole being charged with causing Rosa's death by felonious assault, People reports, adding he can only be convicted on two of the murder charges.

Dobson and Hetrick didn't rule out further charges as the investigation into the incident continues.

"While we are just at the beginning stages of the prosecution and Mr. Cole is innocent until he is proven guilty, we are hopeful that we have taken the first steps to bring closure to Ms. Rosa's family for this violent act," they stated. "The family has asked that their desire for privacy be honored as they deal with this terrible loss."

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to help cover funeral expenses for Rosa. "There are no words to describe the hurt that we feel for losing our loved one too soon," the online fundraiser states. "Alicia was full of life and laughter. She had a smile that lit up every room she went into, and a laugh that unveiled her whenever it was heard.

"She was smart and determined, and had a work ethic beyond measure," the GoFundMe continues. "Alicia had a great love for her family and was excited to share the news of becoming a new mommy to a baby boy."

Cole is due in court on April 13, according to records from the Wood County Sheriff's Office.

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