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Sheriff: Louisiana man kills kidnapped woman after escape

Authorities in Louisiana say a man kidnapped a woman and fatally shot her when she escaped

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LAPLACE, La. — A Louisiana man turned himself in Monday after police said he kidnapped and killed a woman, shooting her in the head when she escaped.

Corrie Wallace, 37, was arrested Monday on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Ja’Riel Sam, news outlets reported.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said Sam and Wallace were acquaintances and Wallace went to Sam’s apartment early Sunday morning.

“Something went very wrong inside of her apartment,” Tregre said.

At some point, Wallace argued with Sam and later put her in the trunk of her own car and drove off, leaving her 4-year-old in the home alone, Tregre said.

Sam managed to open the trunk and jumped out, scraping her knees, legs and elbows, and ran, Tregre said.

But Wallace also jumped out of the moving car and caught up to Sam, later shooting her in the head, Tregre said. The car crashed into a guard rail and Wallace left, Tregre said.

Deputies answering a call about a car crash around 3:30 a.m. Sunday found Sam’s body.

Tregre said deputies returned to Sam’s home and found her son lying in her bed traumatized.

“He heard his mama screaming,” Tregre said.

Deputies also found that someone had poured large amounts of bleach all over the home. Deputies identified Wallace as a suspect using crime cameras and other surveillance footage.

It’s unclear whether Wallace had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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