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16-year-old accused of murder pleads not guilty, will be tried as adult

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GONZALES, LA (WAFB) -

A 16-year-old accused in the stabbing death of an 18-year-old in October, has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge against him.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Todd "T.J." Toups Jr. of Gonzales was killed Saturday, October 10, 2015. Sheriff Jeff Wiley described the deadly stabbing as "bizarre and damn horrible." Toups was a high school senior. 

According to Sheriff Wiley, Toups showed up at Cobb’s Trailer Park on Roddy Road in Gonzales to check on a 14-year-old female friend he had promised to drive to the St. Amant High homecoming dance. He was going to meet his date at the dance. According to APSO, he was approached by the girl's stepsister, who had threatened to stab him earlier in the week.

While he was there picking up the girl, Sheriff Wiley said, three witnesses watched as Westbrook, the stepsister's boyfriend, grabbed a steak knife from the kitchen and stabbed Toups to death. 

Toups was stabbed in the ribcage. He was able to make it outside before he collapsed, according to the sheriff.

In October, a judge ruled that Jacob Westbrook will be tried as an adult.

The suspect was taken to the Assumption Youth Detention Center on a charge of second-degree murder. He is currently being held in the Ascension Parish Jail in Donaldsonville.

The next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2016.

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