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Police: Florida man confesses to killing pregnant wife, dad-in-law

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Jun 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-30 15:16:09-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man charged with fatally shooting his pregnant wife texted from her cellphone to make it seem like she was still alive.

Fort Lauderdale police say 20-year-old Martine Bernard’s body was found earlier this month in an alley behind the home she shared with her husband, 22-year-old Cassandritz Blanc. Bernard was six months pregnant.

The Sun Sentinel reports Blanc is charged with first-degree murder for his wife’s death.

Authorities say Blanc told them he shot his wife for disrespecting him and also confessed to killing her father. Roosevelt Bernard’ body was found in a field near the residence. Police said it had been set on fire.

Authorities say Blanc tried to dismember his wife’s body and left her remains in their apartment for eight days.

He’s being held without bond.