- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A California man who confessed on TV to killing his pregnant fiance and unborn child has died in a suspected suicide.

Manuel Vela said in a December jailhouse interview with KBAK-TV in Bakersfield (https://bit.ly/2jvY6tm) that he choked 30-year-old Katrina Rivera to death after an argument outside their home. Rivera was pregnant and the baby could not be saved.

The 28-year-old Vela was found unresponsive in his cell and pronounced dead Saturday. The official cause of death is pending but detectives believe it was a suicide.

Vela was arrested in December following a police chase.

He told the news station that he was mentally ill. He said during the interview that death would be a fair punishment.

Vela faced domestic violence charges three times before, including earlier in 2016 when he pleaded guilty.

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Information from: KBAK-TV, https://www.bakersfieldnow.com/


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