Sister of 14-year-old convicted of manslaughter charged with 2nd Degree murder in same crime

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The older sister of a 14-year-old convicted of manslaughter in Caddo Juvenile Court over the weekend has been indicted for the same homicide. 

A Caddo Parish grand jury today handed down a true bill charging 20-year-old Sarah Renee Ritter with second-degree murder in the November 2018 death of Tawfik Gawbah.

Ritter’s little sister Emily Compton also was charged with second-degree murder in Gawbah’s death, but on the second day of her trial, she pleaded guilty to manslaughter.  

Ritter and Compton, who was 13 at the time of the murder, were arrested Dec. 6, 2018 and charged in Gawbah’s death. 

Gawbah’s badly burned body was found Dec. 1, 2018, by firefighters dispatched to the 3100 block of Murphy Street at Alabama Avenue after reports of a brush fire. When firefighters located Gawbah’s burned remains, they summoned authorities.  

After Gawbah was determined to be the victim, police arrested Ritter and her little sister in connection with the slaying. 

Gawbah was killed the night of Nov. 30, allegedly in Sarah Ritter’s Penick Street apartment. His body then was taken to Murphy and Alabama and set on fire.

A second-degree murder conviction carries with it a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

Compton, who will be sentenced April 18,  faces a maximum penalty of juvenile life, with incarceration until her 21st birthday. 

Ritter is on the March 25 docket in Caddo District Court for a preliminary examination. 

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