OAKDALE, La. (KALB) - An Oakdale woman accused of murdering Victoria Perez, 22, and her unborn baby back in 2011 will head to trial next month.
(Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)
Pamela Fregia, 34, is charged with first degree murder, first degree feticide, obstruction of justice, and accessory after the fact.
A pre-trial date is set for January 23. The trial will begin on February 13.
Perez, who was due to give birth in about a month, disappeared after a doctor's visit at Rapides Regional Medical Center. A missing persons report was initially filed with the Alexandria Police Department, before the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office took over the case at the time.
The case remained cold until January 2015 when the Allen Parish Sheriff's Office received a tip that led them to a home on Matthew Street in Oakdale - a house that was owned by a relative of Fregia's. It was there that remains were found.
According to the Allen Parish Sheriff's Office, Fregia tried to convince her husband, who had left her, that she was pregnant. Her husband wasn't convinced and moved to Texas.
Investigators said Fregia knew Perez was pregnant through some ties in Oakdale. She allegedly approached Perez at the hospital and promised her baby clothes if she returned with her to Oakdale. Investigators said Fregia killed Perez using blunt force trauma at a home on North 7th Street Extension, and then burned and buried her body at the home on Matthew Street. The sheriff's office believed that Fregia planned to cut the baby out of Perez to raise as her own.
Fregia had three minor children at the time Perez was killed. The children were the ones that reported their mother to police.
Fregia is being represented by John Demoruelle of Kinder.