A Virginia college student accused of killing a 13-year-old girl allegedly said he may have had sex with her and was worried she was pregnant, according to court documents.
David Eisenhauer, 19, was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Nicole Lovell, who authorities said snuck out of her house on January 27 to meet with the Virginia Tech student.
The seventh grader’s remains were found three days later in a remote area in North Carolina.
Eisenhauer had met the young teen when he attended a high school party, Natalie Keepers, who was also charged in connection to Lovell’s death, allegedly told police.
In an interview with detectives, Keepers, 20, allegedly said that Eisenhauer came to her “freaking out,” because he was worried that he might have had sex with Lovell, but claimed he could not remember because something caused him to black out at the party.
“Eisenhauer told Keepers that his friend told him he was making out with a girl but Eisenhauer couldn’t remember it,” investigators wrote in court documents. “Eisenhauer told Keepers he woke up in a ditch the morning after the party.”
Eisenhauer feared Lovell, who he claimed said was older than 13, was pregnant and said the girl had threatened to kill herself unless he visited her, Keepers allegedly told police.
Keepers said that Eisenhauer took Lovell to a wooded area near Craig Creek Road and stabbed her to death, saying she was forced to help him move and dispose of the girl’s body, cops said.
Though Keepers gave several versions of events during the two days she was questioned by investigators, she consistently denied being present when Lovell died and stressed Eisenhauer’s role as the alleged killer.
“He forced me,” she said.
Keepers, was charged with accessory before the fact and concealing a body in connection to Lovell’s death.
The details of Keepers’ account were part of a brief filed this week in Montgomery County Circuit Court by Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt, in the latest battle over whether Keepers’ statements made about her and Eisenhauer’s alleged roles in the 2016 killing should be admissible in court.
The fellow Virginia Tech student’s lawyers argued they should be inadmissible because investigators did not tell Keepers that she could remain silent or have an attorney present until more than a day into their questioning of her, The Roanoke Times reported.
But prosecutors reportedly argued that because Keepers only became a suspect after incriminating herself. She was first questioned as an alibi witness for Eisenhauer and signed statements waiving her rights to speak with an attorney, prosecutors said.
Circuit court Judge Robert Turk reportedly has said he plans to rule this month on the admissibility of Keepers’ statements.
Both Eisenhauer and Keepers’ trials are set to begin in March.