(KTAL/KMSS) The woman accused of fatally stabbing a 34-year-old Shreveport man and then taking his body to a field and setting it on fire pleaded not guilty in Caddo District Court today.
Last Wednesday, a Caddo Parish grand jury indicted Sarah Ritter, 20, on a 2nd degree murder charge in the November 2018 death of 34-year-old Tawfik Gawbah.
Ritter’s sister, 14-year-old Emily Compton, also was charged with second-degree murder in Gawbah’s death, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Caddo Juvenile Court. She will be sentenced on April 18, and faces a maximum penalty of juvenile life in prison, which is incarceration until she turns 21.
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, 2018, 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.