WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A New Hanover County jury has convicted a man accused of killing a pregnant woman at a Wilmington hotel in 2016.
On Monday afternoon, Tevin Vann, 27, of Wilmington, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon.
He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the crimes.
Vann was on trial for the murder of Ashley Ann McLean of Lillington, N.C. and her unborn child. Mclean was found dead by a housekeeper in room #229 at the Best Western Hotel on Market Street shortly before 1 p.m. on Aug. 12, 2016.
Vann was arrested four days later and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
According to the court document, McLean was beaten and stabbed by a knife. An autopsy determined she died as a result of her liver being lacerated. McLean was in her first trimester, according to Detective Lee Odham.
Vann also took McLean’s phone, which was recovered in a wooded area off New Centre Drive, Odham said. Texts discovered on the phone linked Vann to McLean’s murder.
In an interview with the Wilmington Police Department following his arrest, Vann confessed to killing McLean after an argument ensued over money for a “prostitution proposal,” a search warrant states. According to Odham, Vann contacted McLean through an ad she posted on Craigslist.
At trial, Vann testified that detectives had coerced his confession and that the did not assault McLean on the morning of Aug. 12, 2016.
Vann was previously convicted of armed robbery on April 12, 2012, and received 38-55 months in prison.