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Ex-husband suspected in North Shore mom's murder surrenders

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Calvin Jefferson and Nicole Jefferson (STPSO) Calvin Jefferson and Nicole Jefferson (STPSO)

The ex-husband of a Mandeville woman whose body was discovered Sunday night along Interstate 12 near Covington has surrendered to authorities.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office says Calvin Jefferson, who they say is responsible for Nicole Jefferson's murder, surrendered to deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Tuesday afternoon. 

Two days after the body of a woman was discovered in a wooded plot of land along Interstate 12, St. Tammany Parish coroner Peter Galvan confirmed the body belongs to 31-year-old mother of four, Nicole Jefferson.  Dr. Galvan said Tuesday, "This case represents the advanced stages of decomposition that a body undergoes in the heat of southern Louisiana."

Sheriff's deputies in St. Tammany believe Jefferson's ex-husband Calvin is responsible for her murder. They've already obtained a second-degree murder warrant for him.

"We believe that Jefferson began to run when he recognized that we had intensified our investigation. Probably late into the night Wednesday and into Thursday, we had impounded his automobile. We believe that it was used in the crime, in dumping Ms. Jefferson's body," St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain said.

Strain said earlier Tuesday that he though Calvin Jefferson was in Lake Charles, in Calcasieu Parish. He also believes domestic violence played a role in Nicole's murder. The two were living together, although divorced, to care for their four children. And Calvin Jefferson had been arrested three times before for domestic violence.

"We are obviously convinced at this point that domestic violence was historical in the relationship. We had been able to piece together some things to indicate there was the basis for additional domestic violence, so we are confident at this point that was a part of it," Strain said.

Nicole Jefferson was last heard from Sunday, April 29 when she sent a text to her mom at about 11:30 p.m. Investigators are still trying to determine what time she was killed and if the murder happened inside of her home.

Strain explains, "We know that the children were in the home Monday morning, late night Sunday night. It's possible, quite possible that the murder could have occurred there or somewhere on that property."

Because Nicole's body was so badly decomposed, the coroner has not yet determined how she was killed. Dr. Galvan says he hopes to eventually find that out.

The Jeffersons' four kids are now staying with Nicole's mother.

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