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Published On: Sun, Jan 5th, 2014

Texas man, Matthew Sowders, charged with murdering Melissa Sowder and her unborn baby

An estranged husband murdered his wife and her unborn child after learning she was pregnant with her new boyfriend’s baby.

Matthew Sowders, age 28, has been charged with the capital murder of his wife Melissa, but he asserts that she pulled a gun on him and his lawyers are entering a not guilty plea.

Melissa SowdersThey had four children together and Melissa had been missing since the day after Christmas when she had met Matthew at McDonalds to exchange the children.

“The defendant came to her residence on December 26, she stated he was soaking wet and his truck was covered in mud. He told her she strangled her to death after he pulled a gun on her,” one of the prosecutors said in court, according to The Inquisitr.

“He said he stuffed her into a large black trash can and transported to Cypress Creek and there he submerged her body.”

Other reports assert that Matthew snapped when he found out that the unborn child was not his and rather was a result of her relationship with her current boyfriend Jason Sanford. Melissa was two months pregnant.

Texas EquuSearch volunteers found a body underwater in Cypress Creek on Thursday morning after an exhaustive, six-day search of the wooded area. An autopsy has yet to confirm the identity of the body.

The woman’s boyfriend, Jason Sanford, said that investigators called shortly after investigators made the discovery.

“The detective called me asking what kind of tattoos were on her and so I explained a couple of the tattoos that I could remember, stars that were on her side and a tattoo of Matt’s name on her waistline,” Sanford told KHOU.

According to ABC 13, Matthew Sowders had filed for divorce from his wife in October.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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