A prisoner kidnapped and killed an assistant warden’s stepdaughter after he escaped from a Louisiana jail, authorities stated Friday. The inmate was later discovered lifeless after a standoff with police.
Deltra Henderson, 39, walked away from his jail task at David Wade Correctional Middle on Thursday afternoon, stole a automotive and kidnapped 19-yr-previous Amanda Carney, the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Workplace stated in a press release.
The teenager’s physique was present in a wooded space close to the jail the place Henderson crashed the automotive, the sheriff’s workplace stated. Sheriff Ken Bailey stated throughout a phone interview that investigators consider Henderson stabbed Carney to demise, however they’re awaiting post-mortem outcomes.
Henderson stole a second car and crashed it, too, earlier than he entered a close-by house on jail property and located a gun, authorities stated. He barricaded himself inside after a gunfight with jail guards. Police discovered his physique inside the house after the standoff ended.
Investigators suspect Henderson was fatally wounded whereas he traded gunfire with jail guards, earlier than police arrived, based on the sheriff.
Carney just lately graduated from an area highschool and was enrolling at Southern Arkansas College within the fall to review nursing, the sheriff stated.
“Everyone is aware of everyone (right here),” the sheriff stated. “It is simply tragic.”
The corrections division is providing grief counseling to employees members and inmates on the jail in Homer, which is in north Louisiana and may home as much as 1,244 inmates.
Corrections Secretary James LeBlanc stated it was a “darkish day” for the state’s jail system.
“Our hearts harm as we speak as we grieve, and mourn the lack of certainly one of our personal,” LeBlanc stated in a press release.
Henderson had been an inmate on the jail since June 2001. He arrived there a few month after he started serving a 30-yr jail sentence for convictions on expenses of cocaine distribution, tried armed theft and aggravated housebreaking.
Henderson had a possible launch date of March 28, 2025, the corrections division stated.
The Information-Star reported that Henderson pleaded responsible to a 1999 armed theft at a Farmerville house the place a 14-yr-previous woman and her mom have been significantly wounded by gunfire through the theft.
In 2015, Henderson petitioned a decide for a lowered sentence, expressing regret and highlighting his standing as a primary offender, the newspaper reported.
In his petition, Henderson wrote that he had accomplished packages in jail “to turn out to be…