Virginia man who killed his Houston girlfriend after finding out she
was pregnant with twins was sentenced to life in prison without parole
after being convicted of
capital murder this week, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg
poor woman opened the door to her home and thought she would be
celebrating a new chapter in her life, but instead the man she loved
brutally stabbed her to keep
their relationship secret,” Ogg said. “This was a planned, premeditated
and cold-blooded case of domestic violence.”
Levail Murphy, 36, who is in the U.S. Navy and wore his naval uniform
throughout the weeklong trial, flew to Houston for three hours on Feb.
24, 2015. He drove
from his home in Virginia to Charlotte, NC, then flew to Detroit and on
to Houston. When he left Houston, he flew to Atlanta and then Charlotte
to pick up his car, spending more than $1,000 on plane tickets in
Once in Houston, he went to the apartment of his girlfriend, Ebony Harris, 28, and fatally stabbed her.
pregnant mother of two had recently told Murphy she was expecting twins
and that they were his, although she was pregnant from another man.
Murphy already had twins
with his girlfriend in Virginia.
to his flight records, he booked a flight to Houston after she broke
the news and was in town for just three hours. Investigators tracked his
cellphone to Harris’s
home during those three hours, and his DNA was found underneath her
fingernails. Her body was found in her home the next day.
hoped to cover his tracks, but flight information, DNA and cellphone
records proved what he did,” said Assistant District Attorney Samantha
Knecht, who prosecuted
the case with ADA Lisa Calligan. “Ebony fought hard, but she could not
stop this man, and we’re proud that this jury did.”
Communications Division, Harris County District Attorney’s Office
1201 Franklin St.
Houston, TX 77002