Man accused in pregnant woman's death now out of custody

Makayla Winston and Terrence Sample | Source: WLBT-TV

Terence Sample was released from custody and is awaiting trial for the death of his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn child.

Posted: Oct 24, 2019 11:09 AM

LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend and the baby she was carrying has been released from custody pending trial.

Holmes County Sheriff Willie March tells the Clarion Ledger that Terence Sample was released Tuesday after posting bond. Sample had been denied bond three times but was released after a state appeals court asked a lower court to reconsider.

Sample is charged with two counts of kidnapping and capital murder. McKayla Winston disappeared days before she was found July 1. She was expected to give birth July 4. Authorities haven't released a cause of death.

Prosecutors say Sample and Winston met the night she was last seen. District Attorney Akille Malone-Oliver has said Sample became mad after learning Winston wasn't going to put the baby up for adoption.

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