Jury convicts Ponchatoula man of second-degree murder

Jury convicts Ponchatoula man of second-degree murder

AMITE, LA (WAFB) - A killer caught under a bed in his victim's home will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

A jury convicted 20-year-old Ryan Pourciau Monday of second-degree murder in the death of April Vander Linden, according to 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.

Pourciau shot and killed Vander Linden in April 23, 2013 at her home on Brookfield Drive in Ponchatoula. She died from her injuries after deputies found Vander Linden shot in the chest and head.

Authorities say Pourciau had been in an "on and off" relationship with Vander Linden's teenage daughter for over a year. The parents tried to put an end to the relationship after learning that Pourciau was controlling.

During the time of the murder, the Vander Linden family had a restraining order against Pourciau for their daughter's safety. However, he violated it at least once before the murder.

Pourciau was found under Vander Linden's daughter's bed days later while a manhunt for him was underway.

Second degree murder holds an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.

Formal sentencing is scheduled for November 18.

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