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BCSO: Man drowned, tried to burn pregnant girlfriend

Courtney Hyriease Velasques charged with capital murder

SAN ANTONIO – A 19-year-old man was arrested and charged with capital murder Friday in connection with the slaying of his 18-year-old girlfriend and her unborn child.

According to Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesman James Keith, Courtney Hyriease Velasques was arrested without incident in the 900 block of Upland Road.

According to witnesses, Velasques admitted to drowning Dawanna Thomas in Salado Creek off Rittiman Road before he tried to burn her body on Schuwirth Road near FM 1346 on Feb. 14, Keith said.

Firefighters found Thomas' body while putting out a grass fire at the location, Keith said.

Keith said Velasques confessed to the murders.

"We have talked to him a couple of times (and) brought him in," Keith said. "He will face (a charge of) capital murder - multiple persons."

Investigators believe Thomas was carrying Velasques' baby. 

Keith said Velasques has a criminal record as a juvenile. The capital murder charges will be his first charges as an adult. 


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