A Georgia man has been arrested for allegedly murdering and burying his pregnant teenage fiancée, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Arrest records show Aldeyshaun Locklear, 18, was detained Wednesday on a felony murder charge in connection with the death of Téa Choates, 19, with whom he was engaged to be married.
Choates’ body was found buried in a wooded area Tuesday by her home in Lithonia, Georgia, about 20 miles east of Atlanta.
The newspaper reports that Locklear admitted to investigators he strangled Choates to death after they had a heated argument and then buried her remains. She was three months pregnant.
Family members of Choates reported her missing on August 6, and authorities believed Locklear was the last person to see her alive.
In addition to the felony murder charge, Locklear is reportedly charged with aggravated assault stemming from the strangulation and concealing a death. He remains in jail without bond.
Ebony King, Choates’ mother, told the newspaper she had begged her daughter months before to leave Locklear.
“She loved him,” King said. “She wanted to stay, no matter what I would say to her. She really just wanted the family.”
This was despite an alleged history of domestic problems in the couple’s relationship.
“Téa’s biggest thing was she would say, ‘I could change him, I can help him,’” King told the newspaper. “That’s how her heart was built . . . but you can’t love a person hard enough to change.”
On Monday, King had posted a plea on Facebook asking for help in finding her daughter.
“She is one of my heartbeats and I am praying that you can help to spread the word,” King reportedly wrote.
Friends of Choates have launched a GoFundMe page to collect donations for her funeral expenses.
[Feature image: Téa Choates/Facebook]