Murder Charges Filed In Against Driver Accused Of Plowing Into Pregnant Mom

Wednesday, November 7th 2007, 9:41 pm
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A woman accused of running over and killing a pregnant woman after a brawl was charged Wednesday with two counts of murder, prosecutors said.

Unique Bishop also faces three counts of attempted murder on suspicion of ramming three women along with Shontae Treniece Blanche on Monday, said Sandi Gibbons, a district attorney spokeswoman.

Authorities say Bishop, 21, and one of those three women had met at a South Los Angeles gas station to settle a dispute they had over a man. At one point, as many as 30 women were involved in the fight that ensued, with some possibly trying to break it up, police said.

After the woman Unique Bishop was arguing with walked away with Shontae Treniece Blanche and two others, Bishop became upset and drove a convertible into the four, authorities allege. One of the victims was pinned against another car, and it appears Blanche was dragged by the vehicle, police said.

Shontae Treniece Blanche, 22, and her fetus were killed. Blanche’s stepmother said she was four to five months pregnant and had just returned from her grandfather's funeral.

Prosecutors filed a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, which could make Unique Bishop eligible for the death penalty if convicted. Authorities have not decided whether to seek the death sentence, Sandi Gibbons said.

Unique Bishop, who is being held without bail, is scheduled to be arraigned November 26.

A representative for Unique Bishop could not be located. It wasn't known whether she had an attorney, and her phone number was unlisted.