Sheriff: Louisiana man kills kidnapped woman after escape


This undated photo provided by the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office shows Corrie Wallace. Authorities in Louisiana said Wallace kidnapped a woman and fatally shot her when she escaped. He was charged Monday, April 6, 2020, with first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Ja’Riel Sam. (St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office via AP)

LAPLACE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man turned himself in Monday after police said he kidnapped a woman and later fatally shot her in the head when she escaped, authorities said.

Corrie Wallace, 37, was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Ja’Riel Sam, news outlets reported.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said Sam and Wallace were acquaintances and Wallace went to Sam’s apartment early Sunday morning.

“Something went very wrong inside of her apartment,” Tregre said.

At some point, Wallace argued with Sam and later put her in the trunk of her own car and drove off, leaving her 4-year-old in the home alone, Tregre said.

Sam managed to open the trunk of the car and jump from the vehicle, Tregre said. She suffered road rash on her knees, legs and elbows but still attempted to run away from Wallace, Tregre said.

But Wallace also jumped out of the still-moving car and caught up to Sam, later shooting her in the head, Tregre said. The car crashed into a guard rail and Wallace left the scene, Tregre said.

Deputies responded to a car crash around 3:30 a.m. Sunday and found Sam’s body.

Tregre said deputies returned to Sam’s home and found her son laying in her bed traumatized.

“He heard his mama screaming,” Tregre said.

Deputies also discovered someone poured large amounts of bleach all over the home. Deputies identified Wallace as a suspect using crime cameras and other surveillance footage.

It’s unclear whether Wallace had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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