- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

AUBURN, Maine (AP) - A Lewiston man charged with killing his pregnant girlfriend last year has waived his right to have a lawyer represent him at his murder trial.

The Sun Journal (https://bit.ly/1ltjUCf ) reports Evaristo De Deus (deh-DAY-us) told a judge on Monday that he wanted to represent himself. He spoke through an interpreter who translated English into Lingala, a French dialect spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as Angola.

Authorities charged De Deus with killing Laudrinha Kubeloso (Koo-buh-leh-so). She was four months pregnant when she was struck and killed by an SUV. De Deus and Kubeloso were recent asylum seekers from Angola. De Deus later tried to flee to Haiti.

Justice MaryGay Kennedy assigned two court-appointed defense attorneys to be available to De Deus to assist him.

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