CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Instead of facing a jury or a bench trial, 45-year-old Tina Marie Vanmoerkerque entered a guilty plea Thursday in Caddo Parish District Court to second-degree murder for her role in the July, 2010 shooting death of Ernest Luttrell.
Judge John Mosely sentenced Vanmoerkerque to life in prison at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
Vanmoerkerque is the second of three persons charged in the murder to enter a guilty plea rather than face trial. 28-year-old Erick Dewayne Crain, the admitted trigger man, pled guilty in June of last year to first-degree murder. Crain is serving a life sentence.
Ernest Luttrell was found shot to death inside his residence in the 12200 block of Greenwood-Springridge Rd. in Keithville.
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