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Man (45) 'cut off pregnant partner's head'

A MAN has been charged with cutting off his pregnant girlfriend's head on a New York City rooftop in 1989.

Philip Ward pleaded not guilty to murdering Veronica Bowen. Ward already is in prison for killing the woman who became his girlfriend after Bowen's death.

Although he entered a not guilty plea, prosecutors said he recently confessed to a crime in which he'd long been under suspicion. His lawyer, Franklin Rothman, said the 45-year-old Ward was helping authorities, spurred by a desire to build a better relationship with his and Bowen's two children.