Man gets life in prison for killing Shreveport woman

He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder to get charge against his companion reduced

Man gets life in prison for killing Shreveport woman
Roy Jemane Narcisse, 25, of Alexandria, and Kiana Deraneka Williams, 25, of Ville Platte (Source: Shreveport Police Department)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - There will be no trial of at least one of the two people accused of fatally stabbing an 82-year-old woman in her home in Shreveport's Anderson Island neighborhood.

Roy Jemane Narcisse, 26, was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to a charge of second-degree murder, his attorney said.

Narcisse agreed to enter the plea in exchange for prosecutors offering 26-year-old Kiana Deranka Williams a reduced charge of manslaughter, said Larrion Hillman, Narcisse’s defense attorney.

Williams, who has not yet decided whether to accept the plea deal, is due back in court for a hearing Oct. 31.

Her trial is scheduled to start Nov. 12.

The two are accused of fatally stabbing Kathleen Cates on Sept. 26, 2017.

Several of Cates' family members were in court Tuesday to witness Narcisse’s plea.

The Caddo district attorney’s office says he told the court Tuesday that he and Williams rode bicycles to Cates' home and, as they had previously, offered to do yardwork.

At some point, Narcisse said, they came up with a plan to rob Cates of her 2005 Honda Accord.

Narcisse admitted Tuesday to then stabbing and beating Cates to death in her home, the district attorney’s office reports.

Relatives of Cates found her dead in her home and called police.

Investigators found the couple’s bicycles in Cates' yard, prosecutors said.

Narcisse and Williams fled in Cates' car to San Angelo, Texas, where they later were taken into custody.

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