Man who wanted pregnant girlfriend to abort their child because she was ” fat and ugly” faces death penalty

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From WHPTC 10/19/2011
Matthew Becker, who faced charges for shooting Allison Walsh, will likely receive the death penalty after prosecutors filed the necessary paperwork. Becker faced two counts for killing Walsh, who was seven months pregnant.

Becker admitted to State Police that he pointed a gun at Walsh.

FROM A PREVIOUS STORY:
Matthew Becker, 22, of Rapho Township, was originally charged with shooting Allison Walsh, 21, while she laid sleeping in bed inside of Becker’s parents’ home last Friday, August 12.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman told CBS 21 News that Becker gave police several different explanations of what exactly happened, and that they all were meant to make the shooting appear to be an accident.

Stedman said that in each of the stories Becker admitted to standing over Walsh, and handling a .22 caliber pistol he had just purchased that night.

In the week since the shooting, several friends and family members of the seven-months-pregnant victim came forward to investigators to state that they believed this was no accident.

According to the criminal complaint, a friend of Walsh’s said that Becker had threatened the victim with a knife in the past, and said he would kill her if she tried to leave him.

Walsh’s sister told investigators Becker had called the victim “fat and disgusting,” and Walsh’s step-sister said Becker wanted Walsh to have an abortion.

“There’s a history of him menacing her with a gun,” Stedman said. “This wasn’t something unusual based on his history with her and a prior girlfriend. He had pointed guns at them.”

Becker is being held without bail at the Lancaster County Prison.

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