- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 22, 2005

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A man was arrested and charged yesterday with murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her 7-year-old son, who disappeared from their home over the weekend.

Hours after the arrest, authorities found two bodies matching the description of bagel shop owner Lisa Underwood and her son, Jayden, authorities said.

Stephen Dale Barbee, 37, admitted arguing with Miss Underwood over leaving his wife, according to court papers. Mr. Barbee reportedly said he suffocated Miss Underwood, then did the same to the boy after he interrupted the attack.

Court papers said Mr. Barbee was the father of Miss Underwood’s unborn child.

Mr. Barbee was arrested in Tyler, where he had been working clearing trees.

Mr. Barbee told investigators he put the bodies in the back of his sport utility vehicle and dug a shallow grave. The SUV was found in a creek near the town of Denton on Monday.

Court papers also revealed that a sheriff’s deputy briefly had Mr. Barbee in custody early Saturday: The deputy had stopped a suspicious man covered in mud, and the man had ran into the woods and escaped.

Miss Underwood, who was seven months pregnant, was reported missing Saturday along with her son after she failed to show up at her baby shower. A pool of blood was found in her Fort Worth home, but there was no sign of forced entry, police said.

Miss Underwood and Mr. Barbee met about two years ago but split up last fall because he had another girlfriend, said Debbie Lindley, a neighbor of the victim.

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