Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:12 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:12:52 GMT
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on theMore >>
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on the girl, even after she told him that she was in pain.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:10:44 GMT
WWL-TV reports there has been a possible explosion in Washington Parish early Tuesday morning. The station stated on its website officials are on their way to the town of Isabel to investigate. According toMore >>
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:36:47 GMT
Louisiana State Police reports I-10 East is closed at Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge due to multiple crashes. Traffic on I-10 East is being diverted onto I-49 North.Drivers trying to get toMore >>
Louisiana State Police said I-10 East was closed for a while Tuesday morning due to multiple crashes near Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:18 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:18:50 GMT
A man accused of stealing air conditioners was arrested on theft and drug charges Monday. Johnny Williams Jr., 34, of Hammond, faces charges of felony theft and possession of marijuana. The Tangipahoa ParishMore >>
A man accused of stealing air conditioners was arrested on theft and drug charges Monday. Witnesses said they saw him take the units. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:37:41 GMT
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported Justo Venegas, 31, is wanted on a charge of forcible rape. Chief DeputyMore >>
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. He is wanted for forcible rape involving a girl. More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) – Shakara Dickens was convicted Friday evening of second degree murder for killing her baby daughter Lauryn.
The jury started deliberating at 11:30 Friday morning and returned its verdict just after 4:30 p.m.
"Shakara Dickens is draped in the cloth of innocence," Art Horne, Dickens' defense attorney, said during closing arguments.
Horne closed by reminding the jury that nine-month-old Lauryn Dickens' body has never been found.
"This is a missing person's case," he said. "It's still a missing person's case. It's still open."
He said the state did not prove that Shakara Dickens killed her daughter or even that Lauryn Dickens is dead.
"They're trying to deceive you with smoke and mirrors," Horne said. "They didn't do their job and now they want you to come in here and close their file for them."
But the state claims Shakara Dickens' behavior in the days following Lauryn's disappearance proves she killed the little girl and disposed of the body.
Prosecutor Reggie Henderson harped on the three different explanations she provided.
"Why lie," he asked during his closing arguments. "You lie because you know what the truth is. Because Shakara Dickens knows Lauryn isn't coming back.
"That's one reason. You know your child is dead."
He said Lauryn Dickens deserves justice.
"This is Lauryn's day in court as well as Sakara Dickens,'" he said.