Arrest made after pregnant woman killed in Fort Lauderdale

Willie Ward accused of punching sister in face during electric bill dispute


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Police have made an arrest after a pregnant woman was killed in Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale police Capt. Frank Sousa said Sunday that Willie Ward, 25, was taken into custody without incident.

Police said Ward punched his sister, Jaquinda Wright, twice in the head during an argument about the electric bill.

It happened about 7:30 p.m. Friday at a home in the 1100 block of Northwest 13th Court.

The argument turned physical and Ward punched Wright twice in the head, police said.

Wright collapsed and was taken to Broward Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Police said Ward fled after the incident.

Ward faces one count of murder without premeditation, but Sousa said there has been no decision on whether Ward faces additional charges because Wright was pregnant.

Local 10 News has learned Ward has faced traffic violations, drug charges and a battery charge in the past.

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