WATSON, La. (WAFB) - The man accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend in Watson is being held without bond, a judge ruled Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Terrell Anthony, 37, turned himself in a day after allegedly shooting and killing Jessica Clark, 31. Clark was found dead inside of her home in the 9000 block of Rue De Fleur Drive in the Lakes at Belle Terre neighborhood on Monday, Oct. 7 around 11:30 p.m.
In court Wednesday morning, a deputy with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office testified that Anthony’s ankle bracelet, which he wore as part of a supervised probation for a prior arrest, had not been tracking him for the last nine days and that when he turned himself in, he was not wearing his monitor at all.
Officials say they do not know if the device was defective or if something had been done intentionally to stop the tracking.
WAFB’s Kiran Chawla confirmed with the Livingston Parish Clerk of Court that Clark had a protective order against Anthony.
Investigators believe Anthony was holding Clark’s two children and their nanny hostage at Clark’s home while waiting for her to return from a weekend trip. Anthony then confronted Clark, shot her multiple times, and fled the scene in her vehicle, according to Ard. The nanny ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911. The neighbor spoke with Kiran Chawla.
“About 11:30 last night, the knock was on my door and I could see that there was an older lady and a child out there. She started beating on the door and I hollered out, ‘What’s wrong? What do you need?’ And she made the comment and said Jessica has been shot,” the neighbor said.
The neighbor says they’re concerned about safety in the area.
“We’re all looking over our shoulder wondering if he’s going to be crazy enough to come over here because he was in and out all the time. Apparently they got along sometimes and then they didn’t. He’d show up for two to three weeks at a time and then he wasn’t there,” the neighbor said. “I want them to find him. He had no right to take that mother from those kids, period, and he needs to be locked up.”
Clark’s car, a white 2018 Honda Accord was later found at an apartment complex.
Anthony is facing charges for first degree murder and simple robbery.
WAFB’s Kiran Chawla also spoke with the president of the neighborhood’s home owner’s association, Cheryl Hensley.
“Jessica, I met her when she first moved in and she actually and the man they’re looking for, they actually moved in together and they were there for a while,” Hensley said. “The next time I spoke with her several months after that, she told me he was no longer there, but she acted like there was a problem. I didn’t pry.”
Hensley says Clark seemed to be afraid of Anthony.
“It was like she didn’t want to talk about him. She sounded like he’s not supposed to be here, but he comes back. It’s like she was a little bit afraid of him,” she said. “Jessica was such a sweet person and the family, they were wonderful kids. I just, for that to happen to anyone, in your own neighborhood..."
Anthony was also arrested in October of 2018 just over a year after he allegedly shot and killed 68-year-old David Walker, a witness to a double murder. And in 2017, Anthony was arrested and charged with domestic abuse battery against Clark. He bonded out and a protective order was issued for the victim. However, sources tell The Investigators Clark was not cooperating with the court, so charges were dropped.
Anthony has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1999, with charges ranging from traffic violations to attempted first degree murder and battery of a dating partner. He was out of jail on a $300,000 bond when he allegedly killed Clark. He was also reportedly supposed to be wearing an ankle monitor.
Records from the Louisiana Department of Corrections show since 1999, Anthony has been convicted of one felony: possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. He was sentenced to four years in prison with credit for time served. With good behavior, Anthony served less than a year and a half of his sentence. Sources say despite his many arrests, no witnesses or victims came forward, preventing prosecution from advancing some of his cases.
“Domestic violence is an all too common occurrence. It can happen to anyone at any time. Know that deputies with our Domestic Violence Unit are involved in this case,” Ard said.