A man who fatally stabbed a pregnant woman whose body was found near an Encanto park more than four years ago pleaded guilty this week to the murders of the woman and her fetus.
Napolean Joel Lange, 28, is set to be sentenced next month in San Diego Superior Court for the stabbing of 29-year-old Lavaughn Rawshanda Nicole Williams, whose body was discovered on the afternoon of Jan. 13, 2018.
Williams was two months pregnant when she was killed.
Police said Williams was stabbed in the upper body. Her body was found on the slope of a ravine off South 66th Street near Skyline Drive by a bystander who reported the discovery to police.
Lange was arrested two days after Williams’ body was found. He pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder for Williams’ death and second-degree murder for the death of the fetus, according to Deputy District Attorney Ramona McCarthy.
Police and prosecutors have not commented on a motive for the slaying nor have they described the exact relationship between Lange and the victim. The San Diego Police Department said in 2018 that the two were “acquainted.”