COVINGTON—A St. Tammany Parish grand jury has returned second-degree murder indictments against a 16-year-old boy in the March shooting death of his stepfather in Covington and a 35-year-old man accused of shooting to death his estranged girlfriend in Pearl River in July. The grand jury also indicted a 23-year-old Slidell man of first-degree rape while armed with a dangerous weapon and false impersonation of a peace officer.
Daniel T. Hamilton is charged with shooting his stepfather, James “Kenny” Hamilton, to death in the home they shared on Lenel Road in Covington. The case was recorded as the first homicide in St. Tammany Parish this year. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the home on Monday, March 7, after James Hamilton did not report to work, and a relative went to the house and discovered the body. The older Hamilton had been shot six times in the head as he sat in a recliner.
“The decision to charge a 16-year-old with second-degree murder was a difficult one,” District Attorney Warren Montgomery said. “But the details of this gruesome crime merit the serious charge.”
The grand jury on Oct 6 also indicted Jonathan David Talley, of Bogalusa, who is charged with shooting to death Aimee E. Kirst, 33, in her home in Pearl River on July 1 and then fleeing in her car with their three-year-old son. In addition to second-degree murder, Talley is charged with second-degree kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Kirst had gotten a protective order against Talley in June last year, and it was still active at the time of the shooting. The order gave Kirst temporary custody of the couple’s son and ordered Talley not to interfere.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to check on Kirst’s well-being on July 1, after Talley’s mother and stepfather reported to Mississippi authorities that Talley showed up at their home in Lucedale, Mississippi, and revealed to them that he had shot Kirst. Kirst was found dead, with a gunshot wound to her head.
Talley’s arraignment is set for Oct. 31.
In the third case, Dedrick Lyndell Coleman, 23, of Slidell, is charged with raping a 25-year-old woman on June 13, while impersonating a police officer. Investigators say Coleman called a prostitute from an advertisement and arranged to pay her $150, but after the woman arrived, he lied and told her he was a police officer and that she was under investigation.
Coleman showed the woman a pair of handcuffs. With a gun on a sofa a few feet away, Coleman told her that he would not arrest her if she thanked him. He then he grabbed her and forced her to perform sexual acts, according to the investigation.
Coleman’s arraignment is set for Oct. 24.