Suspect arrested, charged in 2014 armed robbery, murder

Suspect arrested, charged in 2014 armed robbery, murder

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A suspect accused of first degree murder and armed robbery from a shooting that happened Dec. 18, 2014 has been arrested.

According to a warrant from the Baton Rouge Police Department, Homicide Detectives began investigating a shooting that happened in the 2600 block of Citadel Drive around 10:30 p.m. The warrant states 22-year-old Christian Allen was found along the side of the roadway. He had been shot multiple times and he died at the scene.

During the investigation, detectives were able to link 20-year-old Christopher Thornton as the suspect who robbed and murdered Allen.

Thornton was arrested on March 10, 2016. He has been charged with armed robbery and first degree murder. No bond as been set at the time of this article.

In 2014, there were a total of 65 murder cases in EBR Parish. Of those, 18 are still classified as open, two were closed because the victims shot and killed each other, and in one case the suspect committed suicide after his indictment, leaving a total of 42 cases that were pushed to the legal system.

Out of the 43 cases, seven cases were put on hold because a grand jury pretermitted the case against the accused gunman, leaving 36 cases eligible for prosecution. Four of those remaining cases have been resolved with plea deals for a lesser sentence. One was resolved with a "not guilty" verdict from a bench trial. Only one case has been presented to a jury, in which a guilty verdict was returned for second-degree murder.

There is one case that is pending the grand jury. The suspect was arrested a year and a half after the incident.

That leaves a total of 31 cases from 2014 that continue to work their way through the legal system.

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