Teen gets automatic life sentence in Slidell murder

Teen gets automatic life sentence in Slidell murder

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A 16-year-old was given an automatic life sentence after pleading guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder. Because of his age, he can be considered for parole after serving 35 years.

Eduardo Morales was charged as an adult in the death of 28-year-old Clarence Adams of Slidell. Adams was gunned down during a pre-dawn argument that involved several men in a Slidell neighborhood.

A co-defendant, 20-year-old Daquan Ratliff, pleaded guilty Monday to accessory after the fact for fleeing the scene with the weapon. He faces a five-year suspended sentence with five years of probation. A third defendant, Raheem Jamal Willis, still faces a second-degree murder charge and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

The murder occurred just before 3 a.m. on Aug. 18 at Walnut and Beechwood Streets after a dispute in a neighborhood bar spilled into the streets. Willis fired a rifle in the direction of Adams but put the weapon down to engage in a fistfight. Morales then picked up the rifle and fired it. Adams was struck four times: once in his left arm, two in his abdomen, and once in the head. Ratliff, Willis, and Morales then fled the scene.

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