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Warrant: Murder suspect 'engaged in prostitution proposal' with pregnant victim

Updated: Nov. 17, 2016 at 4:28 PM EST
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Tevin Vann (Source: NHCSO)
Tevin Vann (Source: NHCSO)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A man accused of killing a pregnant woman at a Wilmington hotel in August was "engaged in a prostitution proposal" with the victim, according to a search warrant filed in connection with the case.

Tevin Vann, 24, was arrested on Aug. 16 for the murder of Ashley Ann Mclean, who 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, and her unborn child. He was 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 is also accused of taking 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 services rendered," the document states.

According to Odham, Vann contacted McLean through an ad she posted on Craigslist.

Vann is being held in the New Hanover County Jail under no bond.

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