Accused driver in 'execution' of Metairie father, son to appear in court

Accused driver in 'execution' of Metairie father, son to appear in court

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - A woman allegedly involved in the "execution" of a Metairie father and son will appear in court Tuesday morning.

Investigators do not think Haraquon DeGruy pulled the trigger, but she faces serious charges. The 18-year-old will go before a judge Tuesday morning on two counts of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and simple burglary.

On April 22, police found a Metairie father and son shot dead inside of their Metairie home. The incident happened around 11:50 p.m. in the 3700 block of Clifford Drive.

David Pence, 56, was shot multiple times in a living room chair. Nicholas Pence, David's 25-year-old son, was found lying on the living room floor with multiple gunshot wounds, deputies say. Officers say David Pence may have been asleep when he was killed. Both men died on the scene.

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman said the coroner's report shows that the pair was "executed, plain and simple."

Four days later, officers announced the arrest of two teens. Dexter Allen, 17, and Haraquon DeGruy, 18, were arrested in connection to the deaths of the Pences.

DeGruy allegedly told deputies that the pair had been committing car burglaries in the area when they decided to rob the Pences inside of the Metairie home. Allen allegedly grabbed a shotgun and got out of the car while DeGruy circled the block.

Officers say Allen entered the home through an unlocked side door and stole several items, including contents in Elizabeth Pence's purse. Elizabeth is the wife of David and Nicholas' mother. The stolen contents were later used as evidence against the alleged killer.

While inside of the home, investigators say Allen shot David Pence three times with a shotgun. Nicholas was shot twice. Officials are still unsure why the shots were fired.

Deputies began their investigation with little to no information. Detectives say they were able to tie the pair to the double shooting through surveillance images and traffic cameras. Officers working the case also investigated nearby vehicle burglaries and found DeGruy's finger prints on a car burglarized one street over, helping them to identify her as a suspect.

The suspect's vehicle was spotted on April 24. Police say they saw Allen and DeGruy enter the vehicle and moved in to make an arrest. The two suspects then lead officers on a chase, discarding evidence out the car window, officers say. Police managed to catch DeGruy when the vehicle eventually stopped and Allen after a brief chase on foot.

Detectives say they recovered a shotgun used during the shootings as well as a CVS card taken from Elizabeth Pence's purse. Officers say DeGruy confessed to the burglaries and implicated Allen in the Pences' deaths.

DeGruy's hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Under Louisiana law, DeGruy could ultimately face the same sentence as Allen if both are convicted in the deaths.

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