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Sentencing day for Shreveport man convicted of murdering pregnant teen

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- The decision between life or death will be made Wednesday for a Shreveport man found guilty Tuesday of murdering his pregnant teenage girlfriend.

It only took a half hour Tuesday night for jurors to find Lamondre Tucker guilty of first degree murder in the death of Tavia Sills.

From the beginning of the investigation, and through the trial, Tucker tried to paint himself as a kid who was scared of getting into trouble after what he called an accidental shooting.

Prosecutors painted him as a calculating, manipulative, cold-blooded killer. The jury agreed.

Tavia Sills' family left the Caddo Parish Courthouse in tears after the verdict was read. The tears flowed from his family too.

"He is not a manipulator. He's a good child," says his grandmother Ora Tucker-Ellis. "I don't know where he went he got caught up. My baby is not that picture they painted."

Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott disagrees: "That's not what the evidence showed. The evidence showed that this was a deliberate, planned, and intentional killing.

Tucker picked Tavia Sills up from her mom's house on September 9, 2008. He said he was taking her to meet his sister, but they ended up at a secluded pond off Legardy. That's where her body was found three days later.

It was a difficult case to work. I'm glad it's over with. I think justice was served," says Shreveport Police Detective Rod Demery.

Demery was the lead investigator on this case. He says he never doubted Tucker's guilt or his intent.

"I was shocked by the lack of remorse."

Demery tells us this is one of the toughest cases he's worked-"The fact that she was five months pregnant, so young, had so much going for her was a little difficult to deal with. It was a pretty emotional case."

Lamondre Tucker faces life in prison plus hard labor without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty.

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