Accused of killing pregnant sister, former UTSA football player found not guilty by insanity

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect Egwuagu was found not guilty during a trial Thursday.

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — A former University of Texas-San Antonio football player accused of stabbing and killing his pregnant sister in Pflugerville last December was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the case.

Michael Egwuagu was arrested and charged with murder after officers responded to reports of a stabbing on the 16000 block of Vescovo Lane on Dec. 27, 2019. That area is east of Lake Pflugerville. Chioma Jennifer Ebichi, 32, was found dead at the scene with more than a dozen stab wounds, according to her autopsy. It also showed she was in the first trimester of her pregnancy.

Police found Egwuagu naked near her home with blood on him and a bloody knife nearby, according to an affidavit. That affidavit also said Ebichi had called a family member about Egwuagu having a crisis before the stabbing took place.

The Travis County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Eguwagu pled not guilty by reason of insanity during a trial Thursday. Both sides submitted evidence, including a forensic psychologist’s report that found him insane at the time of the crime. The D.A.’s office said the court found him not guilty by reason of insanity.

He will be transferred to a state hospital for treatment and further evaluation. KXAN is working to clarify the timeline of his transfer, as the D.A.’s office said there are currently 77 people in Travis County Jail waiting for a bed in the state hospital. A KXAN investigation in May found some people in Texas county jails wait more than a year for a bed in a state hospital as their cases stall.

Ebichi was a Seton Medical Center nurse and left behind a husband and two daughters.

A friend told KXAN on Friday, “Jenn was a faithful woman, a loving mother and wife and the most generous friend. I miss her joyful spirit and contagious smile every day. I’m so grateful for the time I had with her and will remember all the laughs we shared. I will continue to pray that her family finds peace and understand as time goes on.

A University of Texas at San Antonio athletics spokesperson told KXAN last year that Egwuagu played football at the school from 2013 to 2016. Before that, he played at John B. Connally High School in Pflugerville.

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