A man killed his girlfriend by slashing her throat with a knife and beating her with a hammer during an argument at their Gentilly home on Monday, according to New Orleans police.
Alvin Severin, 19, allegedly admitted he killed his 18-year-old girlfriend, though he claimed he blacked out during the deadly attack and never meant to hurt her, investigators wrote in criminal court records.
The slain woman’s name had not been released as of Tuesday.
Citing his alleged confession, police believe that Severin and his girlfriend — who was five months pregnant — began arguing at their home in the 5000 block of De Bore Circle before 5 p.m. on Monday.
Severin allegedly claimed that the woman threatened “to have him killed if he did not take care of their unborn child,” and he became so angry he “blacked out,” investigators said in the court documents.
During the argument, police allege, Severin cut the woman’s throat with a knife, struck her in the face with the forked end of a hammer, carried her to the backyard and left her near a shed.
Severin claimed he regained consciousness after his grandmother came into the home and found his girlfriend’s body in the backyard, police said.
According to police, when told his girlfriend was dead, Severin’s response was: “I didn’t mean to kill her. I’m not a killer.”
After police were called out to the house, they recovered both the knife that was used to kill the woman as well as a bloodstained hammer with strands of hair on it, police said.
Police said they detained Severin, interrogated him, and jailed him on a count of second-degree murder.
Magistrate Court Commissioner Albert Thibodeaux set Severin’s bail at $750,000 on Tuesday afternoon. He had not posted a bond and remained in custody later in the evening.
Severin would receive a mandatory life prison sentence if convicted of murder.
A study published last year in JAMA Pediatrics by Tulane University and Louisiana State University researchers found that homicide is among the leading causes of death for pregnant women in Louisiana, outpacing preeclampsia and car crashes while trailing a broad category of natural diseases.