Teen pleads "not guilty" in mother's death

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Posted: Jan 22, 2014 2:33 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jan 22, 2014 2:33 PM
Source: WBRZ

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WALKER - A grand jury indicted a Livingston Parish teen Wednesday for second-degree murder in the death of his mother.

Edward Island, 17, of Walker pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.

Walker Police said Island shot his mother, Tamila Wooley, several times while she slept on Jan. 29. Investigators said Island then left his mother's body shut in her room for three days until she was found on New Year's Day.

Police said during those three days Island took his mother's vehicle out on joyrides to visit friends, and even went shopping in Baton Rouge. They said he came back to the house to take care of his 11-year-old brother, who suffered with autism, and two-year-old sister, telling them their mother was sick.

Investigators said after his arrest Island confessed to the shooting.

Perrilloux said the case was assigned to Judge M. Douglas Hughes. Island is being charged as an adult.

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