Man accused of fatally shooting pregnant girlfriend; arrest warrant issued

PHILADELPHIA (KYW) - Police in Philadelphia issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of fatally shooting his pregnant girlfriend, whose body was recovered nearly a week after she was reported missing.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced Monday there are two suspects involved in the murder of 21-year-old Dianna Brice, who was four months pregnant with her second child. Her body was found April 5 in a wooded area in southwest Philadelphia. She was initially reported missing March 30.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Brice’s boyfriend, 23-year-old Justin Smith, whom police believe fatally shot the victim. Authorities don’t have any information about his whereabouts.

Dianna Brice, 21, was four months pregnant with her second child. Her body was found April 5 in a wooded area in southwest Philadelphia, nearly a week after she was initially reported missing.
Dianna Brice, 21, was four months pregnant with her second child. Her body was found April 5 in a wooded area in southwest Philadelphia, nearly a week after she was initially reported missing. (Source: KYW via CNN)

Smith’s friend and alleged co-conspirator, 21-year-old Tylydiah Garnett, was arrested Saturday. Officials say she can be seen on video helping dispose of Brice’s body.

“I don’t know if anybody else has this joke. I have joked sometimes with friends that if I ever needed to hide a body who I’d call. I don’t know if anyone’s ever heard that phrase. It sounds terrible. But this is that person,” said Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Chesley Lightsey.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Dianna Brice’s boyfriend, 23-year-old Justin Smith, whom police believe fatally shot her. Authorities don’t have any information on his whereabouts.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Dianna Brice’s boyfriend, 23-year-old Justin Smith, whom police believe fatally shot her. Authorities don’t have any information on his whereabouts. (Source: KYW via CNN)

Officials say shortly after trying to cover up the crime, Garnett fled to Miami before being taken into police custody.

“She literally has a dead woman, who was pregnant, and she’s loading that body into her car, purchasing the gasoline, then fleeing to Florida afterwards,” Lightsey said.

Garnett faces charges of arson, abuse of a corpse and conspiracy. The district attorney’s office asked she be held without bail, but a judge set the amount at $75,000.

Tylydiah Garnett, 21, faces charges of arson, abuse of a corpse and conspiracy in relation to the murder of 21-year-old Dianna Brice.
Tylydiah Garnett, 21, faces charges of arson, abuse of a corpse and conspiracy in relation to the murder of 21-year-old Dianna Brice. (Source: KYW via CNN)

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