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Ascension teen indicted for murder in girlfriend's killing, will be tried as an adult

11 months 1 week 1 day ago Thursday, August 10 2023 Aug 10, 2023 August 10, 2023 11:00 AM August 10, 2023 in News
Source: WBRZ

GONZALES - A teenage boy accused of murdering his girlfriend out of jealousy is now expected to stand trial as an adult for the girl's death.

On Thursday, District Attorney Ricky Babin told WBRZ that 16-year-old Jaquin Stephens was formally charged with first-degree murder. 

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said the victim, 15-year-old Gracie Limas, was found shot on Bourque Road in Gonzales late Friday night. She died at the scene.

Investigators believe Stephens was dating Limas and shot her out of jealousy, the sheriff's office said Monday.

On Monday, the sheriff's office publicly identified Stephens as a suspect in hopes of locating him. He was found a day later at a home in Livingston Parish and arrested on charges of second-degree murder, illegal use of weapons, and illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile.

Law enforcement has not said whether anyone is else is facing charges.

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