Jennifer Kathleen Nielsen: Pregnant Woman Slain Behind Food Mart Autopsy confirms that Jenna died of a single stab wound to her neck. A one-inch-wide wound went 3.7 inches into the left side of Jenna Nielsen's neck, hitting her carotid artery and her internal jugular vein, the autopsy found.
It did say, however, that her pants and underwear had been pulled down. Because Nielsen was partially clothed, sources indicate it is possible that her killer attempted to rape her and that when she struggled, she was fatally wounded.
Nielsen was pregnant with her third child, a boy to be named Ethen, at the time of her death.
According to the autopsy, the fetus was approximately 38 to 40 weeks and healthy, weighing about 6.35 pounds and was about 19.9 inches long.
Raleigh police found Nielsen's body at approximately 4:30 a.m. June 14 behind the AmeriKing Food Mart at 1709 Lake Wheeler Road. The store was on Nielsen's newspaper delivery route for USA Today.
This is a prime example, why North Carolina needs "The Unborn Victims Rights Bill."
When an offender knowingly murders a pregnant victim, they should be charged with two counts of murder versus one.
Under current North Carolina law, when this murderer is apprehended, they will only be charged with a single count of murder.
Does this make sense? So far 36 states say this is undoubtedly two counts of murder.
The federal government even has "The Unborn Victims Of Violence Act" so why is North Carolina among only a handful of states that has not passed this very important legislation?
We hear horrific stories such as most recently the arrest of Michael Mead for murdering his pregnant fiance' Lucy Johnson who was shot to death and found inside her Gastonia home. Johnson was 15 weeks pregnant, carrying a boy when she was murdered. She also had two children.
Remember Rae Carruth who had his pregnant girlfriend Cherica Adams murdered while carrying their son now four who survived the attack.
I would imagine these men were in troubled relationships and chose murder verses paying child support.
These animals must understand that when both mother and child die, that is two counts of murder not one.
The "Justice For All Coalition" a statewide nonprofit organization will continue to put on rally's across North Carolina until "The Unborn Victims Of Violence" bill is signed into law. If you would like to help contact:
Joe Hackney (speaker of the house)
Senator Marc Basnight (pro tempore of the senate)