Police arrest man for 2016 death of pregnant woman

Police arrest man for 2016 death of pregnant woman

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Amarillo police have arrested one person on charges related to the death of a woman and her unborn baby in 2016.

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Amarillo Police arrested 31-year-old Anthony Richards on Sunday in the 2500 block of SW 4th Street.

Special Crimes Unit detectives issued the arrest warrant for Richards on Sunday and he was picked up later that day.

"We had our detectives follow up on several leads, several tips came in, and the only description we had at the time, a black male possibly was the suspect," said Jeb Hilton with the Amarillo Police Department. "After over a year and a half of looking into this case, our Special Crimes detectives finally got enough information to make a … enough information to get an arrest warrant issued for Anthony Richards."

Richards is facing a capital murder charge in connection with the June 20, 2016, murder of 38-year-old Charlesetta Telford, which also resulted in the death of her unborn child.

The shooting was originally reported at an apartment complex on Plum Creek Drive and Telford, who suffered from several gunshot wounds, was transported to an area hospital where she later died.

Police say the news of an arrest could help in the healing process for the Telford family.

"It's sad but this one involves an unborn child, so it makes it a lot harder on us and a lot harder on the family who will never get to meet this child or see their family member again," said Hilton. "I think it's a relief for the family but it doesn't really heal all wounds but it definitely is a start for them."

This isn’t Richards’ first run-in with the law. A Potter County jury convicted him in 2005 of injury to a child, who ultimately died from other injuries.

Richards is currently booked into the Potter County Correction Center. A date has not yet been set for his first court appearance.

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