Saturday, January 19, 2019

18-year-old found guilty in shooting death of Ponchatoula teen

18-year-old found guilty in shooting death of Ponchatoula teen
Posted: Nov 7, 2018
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From District Attorney Scott Perrilloux:
AMITE—-District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that 18-year-old Hulus Doughty was found guilty by a Tangipahoa Parish jury of second degree murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Gerrell Lee Jr.

On the morning of February 9, 2016, TPSO authorities responded to the intersection of Rufus Bankston Road and Wardline Road in Hammond in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers observed a red 2002 Ford Explorer with the rear window shot out. Inside of the vehicle on the front passenger seat was a deceased male identified as Gerrell Lee Jr. who sustained one gunshot wound to the head. While on scene, authorities began interviewing the father of the victim, who was the driver of the red Explorer. The victim’s father stated that he had just picked up his son from the apartment complex and were headed to Ponchatoula. When approaching the intersection, someone shot into his vehicle.

On February 11, 2016, detectives received information that a person who was standing in the area of the Edgewood Apartments may have fired a single shot killing Gerrell Lee, Jr. Detectives obtained surveillance footage at the Quick’s Grocery that confirmed that a subject came from between two apartment buildings raised a black object that looked like a gun. This occurred at the approximate time that witnesses heard a single gunshot that came from the direction of the apartments. After viewing the footage, detectives proceeded to the area in the video and spotted a shell casing of a .380 caliber just a few feet from where the subject was observed raising a suspected handgun. Detectives also located a live unfired round that was suspected to be a 9mm just several feet from the spent .380 shell casing. All casings were photographed and placed into evidence.

Based on information relayed to detectives regarding the shooting of Gerrell Lee Jr., on February 13, 2016, detectives executed a search warrant at Edgewood Apartments at the unit occupied by James Andrews and his family. During a search of the residence, detectives discovered a box of ammunition caliber .380 behind the air duct vent that Andrews hid. Andrews was later charged and convicted of conspiring to kill Gerrell Lee, Jr.

Further, according to a witness’s statement made on February 13, 2016, Doughty and Andrews saw Lee standing outside of the apartment complex on the morning of the shooting holding a puppy. At this time, Doughty removed a small black handgun from his pants pocket and had Andrews load the gun with bullets. Both Doughty and Andrews exited the apartment, and a few moments later, a gunshot was heard. Detectives further learned that Doughty called Lawrence Butler and advised that “I did that for you brother.” Hulus Doughty was subsequently arrested for second degree murder and taken into custody.

Assistant District Attorney Angel Monistere represented the state with Judge Jeffery Johnson presiding.

Formal sentencing is scheduled for January 30, 2019.