Murder charge removed against burglar's wife
BATON ROUGE - District attorneys removed murder charges filed against the wife of a burglar who authorities said was shot and killed during a break-in last week in East Baton Rouge Parish.
DA Hillar Moore said second-degree murder charges against Deneatrice Cage-Wheeler were deleted Friday, which allowed her to post a $32,500 bond for charges of armed robbery and simple burglary.
Deputies arrested Wheeler after they said her husband, Jermoid Wheeler, was shot and killed by a homeowner on Summer Breeze Driver. Investigators said the homeowner woke up when he heard Jermoid Wheeler trying to get in through a back door. The homeowner pointed a gun at Wheeler and told him to stop several times before Wheeler got through the door, and the homeowner shot him according to investigators.
Deputies said during the shooting Wheeler's wife was waiting outside in a pickup, and after the shooting happened she ran inside and took a crowbar which had been on her husband's body. Detectives said she told them she didn't know her husband was going to rob the home, which was up for sale, but did know in the past he carried a crowbar with him when he committed burglaries.
Moore told News 2 that even after her arrest he was not sure second-degree murder was an appropriate charge for the case. He said if Wheeler had a gun instead of a crowbar his wife could have been charged with murder, which is why he chose to amend the charges.