Accused teen moved to juvenile facility

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 20, 2008

FERRIDAY — The teen accused in Sunday’s fatal stabbing has been moved to an out-of-parish youth facility.

After a closed-door court appearance Monday, the teen was moved to the Renaissance Home for Youth in Alexandria.

Ferriday Police Chief Kenneth Hedrick said the teen will be kept at the facility until court proceedings begin in early September.

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The 14-year-old boy, who neighbors called “Junior,” is accused in the stabbing death of 42-year-old Gregory Conner, his step-grandfather.

The suspect’s name has not yet been released because authorities have not decided whether or not he will be charged as an adult or as a juvenile.

Concordia Parish Assistant District Attorney Ann Siddall, who was assigned the case, said she could not comment on the process by which prosecutors will decide how to charge the teen.

Though the ultimate court venue for the case has not been chosen, the juvenile defendant has been charged with second-degree murder.

The teen was arrested Sunday evening after police arrived at 320 Iowa St., to find Conner stabbed once in the left side of his chest.

Conner was transported to Riverland Medical Center, and he was pronounced dead later that night.

The stabbing was allegedly an escalation of a heated exchange of words between Conner and the boy, after Conner told the boy to come into the house.

The suspect was reportedly in the front yard, engaged in a profanity-laced discussion with another individual, when Conner told him to come into the house because he did not want the conversation to continue.

After the two exchanged words, the teen allegedly went into the kitchen, retrieved a knife and stabbed Conner.

The stabbing happened at approximately 7:20 p.m.

The teen lived at the address with his grandmother and Conner.

Police authorities said that no one else was involved in the incident.