Deltra Henderson, 39, was serving 30 years for convictions for distribution of cocaine, attempted armed robbery and aggravated burglary when he walked away from custody at the state prison and kidnapped and killed 19-year-old Amanda Carney.
Carney graduated in May from Summerfield High School in Claiborne Parish and lived on the prison grounds with her parents, who both work at the prison.
Having transferred from Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in South Louisiana shortly after his conviction in 2001, Henderson had spent 16 years at the state prison in Homer and was a "trusty" there. The status allows inmates special privileges. Had he served out his full sentence, he would not have been released until 2031. However, Henderson had a "good time" release date of March 28, 2025 according to the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
After crashing 2 stolen vehicles and killing Carney Thursday, Henderson barricaded himself inside a home on prison property was fatally shot in a standoff that ended in a shootout with prison guards.
Henderson was identified as the gunman in a botched burglary and armed robbery in Farmerville in which a woman he had known since childhood was shot in the face. Her daughter was shot in the side and paralyzed from the waist down.
Henderson and 4 other men were accused and eventually convicted in connection with the attempted armed robbery and burglary of Steve Goldsby.
According to court records from the appeal of one of his co-defendants,
Louisiana State Police and the Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office are leading the joint investigation into Thursday's escape and murder.
A vigil is planned in Carney's memory for next week after her funeral. A team of grief counselors was called in Friday for staff, relatives, and inmates at the state prison.
DWCC is located on 1,500 of land, which is mostly forested, according to its website. Opened 1980, the correctional center was the first medium-security state prison in North Louisiana. It now has a capacity of 1,244 inmates.