Jury took 20 minutes to find man guilty of murdering woman in her home

A Baton Rouge man was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death his ex-wife nearly three years ago.

Terrell Lee Anthony, 39, was convicted of killing Jessica Clark in her home in Watson on October 7, 2019.

The jury deliberated less than 30 minutes before reaching a verdict. The trial started Aug. 30 and all witnesses wrapped up the next day.

Anthony admitted to previously abusing Clark when he pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges in 2018.

Deputies discovered Clark’s body in the 9000 block of Rue De Fleur Drive in Watson after she had been shot multiple times.

Authorities said Anthony had been living with Clark in recent months before the murder. 

Officials said Anthony had arrived at the house earlier that day before Clark returned from a weekend trip. He confronted Clark and demanded to see her cell phone but she wouldn’t give it to him.

Anthony fired a shot into the ground demanding the phone. They got into an argument before Anthony shot Clark multiple times in front of her child.

The child called 911 to alert the police. Law enforcement found Clark’s phone, which someone had thrown off the Magnolia Beach Road Bridge. The phone was tracked to find the location.

The gun used to kill Clark was never found. In a statment taken from Anthony he asked “how many shots did I fire.” The deputy responded with “enough.”

Anthony was also convicted on one count of possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by a convicted felon.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. The first-degree murder conviction carries mandatory life in prison without parole.

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