Army Spc. Megan Touma Found Murdered in Hotel Room; Edgar Patino Pleaded Guilty to 2nd Degree Murder, Given 16-20 Year Sentence (June 21, 2008)

Megan Touma

Spc. Megan Touma, U.S. Army

Army Spc. Megan Touma, 23, and her unborn son were murdered on June 21, 2008. Megan was found dead in a hotel room a few days later. After a homicide investigation was initiated, investigators learned Touma had a forbidden relationship with fellow Army soldier Edgar Patino when she was stationed in Germany. Patino gave her an engagement ring and asked her to marry him; she did not know that he was married. Shortly after Patino left Germany, Megan learned that she was pregnant. She chose to transfer to Fort Bragg, North Carolina so she could be with Edgar Patino. According to Patino, he stopped by Megan’s hotel room to end the relationship. They apparently argued and in a fit of rage Patino strangled her to death. Megan was 7 months pregnant when Patino murdered her. On November 2, 2010 Edgar Patino pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 16-20 years in prison.

In the News:

Authorities say they’re investigating the ‘suspicious’ death of a pregnant soldier whose body was found at a North Carolina motel. Specialist Megan Lynn Touma was identified Tuesday, two days after her body was found. -Associated Press (June 26, 2008)

The death of a pregnant Fort Bragg soldier is now being treated as a homicide. Army Specialist Megan Touma was found dead in a Fayetteville, North Carolina motel last week. Police say they have a person of interest in the case. -Associated Press (June 30, 2008)

Police have charged a soldier from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in the death of a pregnant soldier found dead in a motel bathtub. -Associated Press (July 30, 2008)

The Fort Bragg sergeant charged in the death of a pregnant soldier was the father of her unborn baby but married to someone else, police said. -Associated Press (July 30, 2008)

Investigation Discovery:

Fred and Amber Dalton’s marriage becomes a battle when Fred lies about his affair with a feisty young woman. Later, when Specialist Megan Touma breaks the military’s rules with fellow serviceman Edgar Patino…with deadly consequences. -Love is a Battlefield, Deadly Affairs (S2,E11)

ID Go: American soldier Megan Touma has left her husband for her lover Edgar. Turns out Edgar has a spouse of his own. When Megan gets pregnant Edgar must make a decision between two women. Someone will be left brokenhearted and someone will be left dead. -Love is a Battlefield, Scorned: Love Kills (S5,E2)

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