Police: Second juvenile arrested in murder of councilwoman’s sister

Police: Second juvenile arrested in murder of councilwoman’s sister
Rechelle Hotard, 47

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A second teenager has been arrested in connection to the murder of 47-year-old Rechelle Hotard, according to the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Police say a 15-year-old male juvenile from LaPlace was arrested Feb. 8 for second degree murder (felony), possession of marijuana, and possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia.

He was transferred to the Rivarde Juvenile Detention Center in Gretna.

Last Wednesday, a 15-year-old male from Reserve was arrested in connection to the homicide investigation. He was charged with second degree murder. He is in custody at the Terrebonne Juvenile Center.

Around 1 a.m., on Feb 6, deputies responded to the 100 block of West 17th in Reserve in reference to gunshots heard in the area. Upon arrival, officers discovered a female subject, identified as Rechelle Hotard, unresponsive lying on the ground.

Hotard had sustained gunshot wounds to the body. She was pronounced deceased at the scene by the coroner’s office. A motive has not been determined at this time.

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