Fight over man led to shooting that killed 12-year-old, two charged

CENTRAL – East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies have charged a man and a woman in connection with the shooting death of a 12-year-old girl in Central.

The young girl has been identified as Cedrica Lee.

It happened around 6 p.m. Saturday on Forest Grove Ave. in the Central Woods neighborhood in Central. Ester Williams, 26, has been charged with first degree murder and three counts of attempted first degree murder. Patrick Johnson, 36, has been charged with accessory after the fact of first degree murder and three counts of accessory after the fact of attempted first degree murder.

The two women were arguing over a man, which led to the confrontation and shooting.

According to the arresting document, deputies say Williams “aimed her gun at (an) occupied Mazda CX9 parked in a driveway across from her” and fired one shot. The little girl was among the four people inside the Mazda.

Williams told deputies that she and the driver of the Mazda had prior disagreements over Johnson, whom they were both dating. Williams reportedly told deputies that she and Johnson saw the Mazda at a nearby store. While no words were exchanged, when she saw the vehicle return to the neighborhood, she “removed her handgun from her fanny pack, pointed it and then fired one time toward the vehicle.”

She said she was not aware that someone had been struck by the bullet until she heard several people scream.

Deputies say that after firing the gun, Williams dropped it on the ground and Johnson picked it up before heading inside his home with Williams.

“The exited a short while later and fled the scene in a Chevrolet Colorado,” the document states. A short time later, deputies stopped the vehicle on Bon Dickey Dr. where they were arrested, as UWK was first to report.

Deputies say that they recovered the gun inside Williams’ home. Several witnesses saw Williams fire the gun, deputies said.

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