Ascension Parish arrests teen suspect after 15-yr-old shot & killed

GONZALES —- The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 16-yr-old after a 15-yr-old girl was shot and killed over the weekend. Officials believe the motive is jealousy.

Jaquin Stephens, 16, of Gonzales, was arrested at a home in Livingston Parish on Tuesday, Aug. 8 for second-degree murder, illegal use of weapons, and illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile.

On Thursday, Aug. 10, a grand jury indicted Stephens on an upgraded charge of first-degree murder.

Officials say Stephens will be tried as an adult. He was transferred to the Ascension Parish Jail.

Three suspects who were accused of helping Stephens in the murder were arrested, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Leland Hickman Jr., 18, a 15-year-old male from St. Amant and a 17-year-old male from Denham Springs were all arrested and charged with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder. Officials say upgraded charges may be pending.

It was around 11:53pm on Friday, Aug. 4 when Ascension Parish deputies responded to a home on Bourque Rd. in Gonzales for a shooting.

That’s when Ascension deputies found 15-yr-old Gracie Limas of Gonzales, killed from a gunshot wound.

Deputies believe the motive for the shooting was jealousy. APSO added the two were in a dating relationship.

Ascension teen 15-yr-old killed

Gracie’s murder remains under investigation and anyone who can help deputies, is asked to do so.

Anyone with information who can help with this investigation is urged to is urged to call the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office anonymously at 225-621-4636 or by texting 847411 the anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867). You must call Capital Region Crime Stoppers to receive a cash reward.

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