Teen girl faces murder charge in man's death

Willie Francis (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)
Willie Francis (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)

MORGAN CITY, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said a 15-year-old girl has been arrested on murder charges in the death of a man whose body was found along a highway.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office said the teen is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Willie Francis, 23, of Berwick.

Deputies said the girl was developed as a person of interest and further investigation led to her arrest Tuesday evening.

They added the apprehension of the suspect was due to a joint investigation with the Berwick Police Department.

Deputies reported finding Francis's abandoned car along LA 90 in the Bayou Vista area on October 29 around 11:30 p.m. The engine was still running.

Berwick police were contacted around 10:30 a.m. the next day that a body had been discovered along LA 182.

The St. Mary Parish coroner later positively identified it as Francis.

The investigation into his death is ongoing.

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