- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A man who admitted strangling his pregnant wife during a fight that involved the baby’s paternity has lost his bid to withdraw his guilty plea in her slaying.

Babatope Owoseni had argued that he wasn’t given certain materials by his attorney before he made the plea. A different attorney represented the East Orange man when he pleaded guilty in March to aggravated manslaughter in the December 2013 killing of 26-year-old Fatoumata Owoseni.

Those materials were the autopsy report, crime scene photos, autopsy photos and a transcript of the grand jury proceedings leading to his indictment. His current attorney, John Haggerty, told the judge that without those materials, his client “really could not make a knowing, intelligent decision.”

The judge rejected the plea withdrawal motion, ruling Friday that Owoseni, 36, understood the terms of the plea agreement and that his plea was “knowing and voluntary.” He now faces a 16-year state prison term when he’s sentenced Feb. 19.

Authorities have said Owoseni’s wife was nine months pregnant at the time she was killed, and the unborn child died as a result of the attack.

Authorities said Owoseni’s wife claimed during an argument that he wasn’t the baby’s father. The dispute soon escalated into a physical altercation in which Owoseni said his wife struck him and he ultimately strangled her.

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