PONCHATOULA, LA (WAFB) - A teen accused of killing a Ponchatoula woman and then lying in wait for the rest of her family to come home has been indicted on a charge of second degree murder.
The 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office reports that 18-year-old Ryan Pourciau was indicted by a grand jury on one count of second degree murder.
Deputies say they were called to a report of shots fired in the 39000 block of Brookfield Drive in Ponchatoula on April 23, 2013. When authorities arrived, they found 39-year-old April Vanderlinden with multiple gunshot wounds. She was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The suspect, Pourciau, was found hiding inside the victim's home, under a bed, the next day. Deputies said he was armed and appeared to be waiting for other family members of the victim.
Deputies say the victim's family members spent the night April was killed night away from the home and returned Wednesday to retrieve clothes. They called deputies after seeing Pourciau's flak jacket. A flak jacket or flak vest is a form of body armor designed to provide protection from case fragments from high explosive weaponry.
Porciau was found hiding under a bed. When asked to show his hands, the sheriff said he showed a gun and shots were fired. Pourciau was hit in the shoulder.
According to deputies, Pourciau had numerous run-ins with Vanderlinden and her family. Reports say Pourciau was under court order to stay away from Vanderlinden's teenage daughter.