Man Accused Of Setting Up Shooting Of Pregnant Girlfriend

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A man has been indicted in the shooting of his girlfriend, which resulted in the death of her 3-month-old fetus.

Police have said Paul Tarver, 29, didn't want to be a father, and arranged it to appear as if he and Lewis were the victims of a March 7 carjacking.

A Stark County grand jury charged Tarver with complicity to aggravated murder. If convicted, he could receive up to 20 years in prison.

Ohio law allows for an aggravated murder charge for purposely causing the unlawful termination of another's pregnancy.

Tarver also faces a complicity to felonious assault charge because several bullets struck his girlfriend, Keisha Lewis, 22, who survived.

Tarver denies involvement in the attack, his attorney, Jeffery Haupt said.

He said Tarver, who was shot in the shin, wanted the child.

"It looks horrible. It is horrible. But I just hope the public will afford Paul Tarver the right of being innocent until proven guilty," Haupt said Thursday.

Tarver used a cell phone to summon help, telling a dispatcher that a masked man forced them to drive elsewhere before robbing them of $100.

A masked man shot her several times in the abdomen after she said she didn't have any more money to give him.

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