Sanity hearing rescheduled for Walker teen accused of murdering mother

Edward Island III (Source: Walker Police Department)
Edward Island III (Source: Walker Police Department)

WALKER, LA (WAFB) - The Walker teen accused of killing his mother earlier this year now has a new court date.

Officials say 17-year-old Eddie Island III was scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a sanity hearing, but instead was given a new court date for next month.

The 17-year-old son of Tamila Wooley has been charged with second degree murder.

Island pleaded not guilty to the December 2013 murder of his mother. Tamila Wooley was found about two days after her death in her home. 

Two other minor children of the victim, an 11 year old boy and a 2 year old girl were found unharmed inside the residence.

According to Capt. John Sharp of the Walker Police Department, Wooley, 34, was found dead by a family acquaintance at the Village Mason Townhomes on Village Drive in Walker on New Year's Day.

Village Mason Townhomes is a gated community that is monitored by surveillance cameras at the entrance.

Police say officers found Wooley dead from apparent multiple gunshot wounds.

During the investigation, officers learned that Wooley's black Lexus sedan was missing and so was her 17-year-old son Eddie Robert Island.

Around 2 a.m. on January 2, 2013, Walker Police and the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Deputies located the Lexus, driven by Island, north of Walker.

"During questioning, Mr. Island confessed to shooting his mother late the night of Sunday, December 29th, or early in the morning Monday, December 30th. After obtaining a confession from Mr. Island, he was transported to the Livingston Parish Detention Center and charged with second degree murder," said Captain John Sharp with the Walker Police Department.

Police believe that over the two day period between the murder and discovery of the body, Island returned to the home to check on the minor children and attend to their needs.

"Mr. Island explained to us that he returned to the residence several times after the shooting to feed the children, who we understand to be his half-brother and half-sister, telling the children that their mother was ill and not to be disturbed," said Captain Sharp.

He is set to appear before Judge Doug Hughes on June 19, 2014.

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