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Oroville man to face trial in pregnant girlfriend's death

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Oct 03 2013 11:00:59 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 03 2013 11:05:59 PM CDT
OROVILLE, Calif. -

The Oroville man accused of beating his pregnant girlfriend to death will face on open count of murder at trial.
     
That's what a Butte County judge ruled after hearing  evidence in a preliminary hearing Thursday for Oblakau Jones.

Investigators say Jones told them his girlfriend, Abby Tucker, fell in the bathtub - and that's what caused her death. But in court, Oroville police officers and the district attorney's office said that's not true.

Jones is accused of beating Tucker in their home in Oroville back in late June.  Tucker was taken to the hospital but was later pronounced dead.
     
The prosecution called a handful of Oroville police officers who were at the scene and interviewed Jones.   It was revealed that the doctor who conducted the autopsy on Tucker found she had multiple blunt force trauma wounds to her head and body.
    
The prosecution said that was 'inconsistent' with falling in a bathtub.
 
"Dr. Resk's examination is important for us to make an objective assessment of evidence in this case. That was helpful determining that wasn't consistent with a slip and fall in the bath tub," said supervising Deputy District Attorney Kurt Worley.

It was also revealed in court that Jones may have kicked and stomped on Tucker, and that Tucker was six weeks pregnant when she died.  The district attorney's office says they cannot charge Jones for the death of the fetus.

Jones will be back in court on October 16 to be arraigned on the information.  He sits in the Butte County Jail with his bail set at $100,000.