Convicted child killer released from jail
SHREVEPORT - Corrections officials released a Louisiana man overnight who confessed to killing an 11-year-old Natchitoches girl in 1990 after he served only half his 50-year sentence.
KTBS reports Phillip Deselle was released from the David Wade Correctional Center in Homer Wednesday night. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 1991 for killing Averie Evans, who went missing after selling candy door-to-door in her neighborhood. Her body was never recovered.
Deselle's release was possible under Louisiana's good time law, which in 1991 allowed well-behaved offenders to be released after serving half their sentences. The law has since been changed for people convicted of violent crimes. They must now serve 85 percent of their sentences before being considered for "good time" release. Deselle's conviction preceded the change in the law so it did not apply to him.
Evans' relatives created a "Justice for Averie" Facebook group to keep people informed about Deselle's time in prison. They said Wednesday they were horrified to learn of his impending release.
"The anxiety and terror that this news has touched off has shaken us as a family and has worsened the pain that we already endure daily," a statement on the site said.
Deselle has 48 hours after his release to contact his parole officer in Ville Platte, and reportedly has family in that area.