Ryan Pourciau pleads not guilty to second-degree murder

Ryan Pourciau (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)
Ryan Pourciau (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)

PONCHATOULA, LA (WAFB) - A teenager accused of killing a woman and then hiding in her home pleaded not guilty to murder charges Thursday morning.

Ryan Pourciau, 18, of Ponchatoula, was indicted with one count of second-degree murder on June 24. Judge Wayne Chutz denied bond for Pourciau following the arraignment Thursday morning.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said its deputies were called to a report of shots fired in Ponchatoula on April 23, 2013. Authorities arrived on the scene to find April Vanderlinden, 39, had been shot several times. She was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators said Pourciau was located the next day. He was found hiding under the bed inside the victim's home. When asked to show his hands, the sheriff said Pourciau showed a gun and shots were fired. Pourciau was hit in the shoulder.

Deputies said he appeared to be waiting for other family members of the victim. According to authorities, on the night Vanderlinden was killed, her family members had spent the night from the home and returned Wednesday to retrieve clothes. They called deputies after seeing Pourciau's flak jacket.

According to deputies, Pourciau had numerous run-ins with Vanderlinden and her family. Reports show Pourciau was under court order to stay away from Vanderlinden's teenage daughter.

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