Pretrial hearing Tuesday for accused driver in killing of Metairie father, son

Pretrial hearing Tuesday for accused driver in killing of Metairie father, son

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A pretrial hearing is set Tuesday for the woman accused in the killing of a Metairie father and son.

Haraquon DeGruy, 18, is expected in the Gretna Courthouse Tuesday afternoon. She's accused in the "execution" of David and Nicholas Pence on April 22 at the family's Metairie home.

Investigators do not think DeGruy pulled the trigger, but she faces serious charges. The 18-year-old will go before a judge Tuesday morning on two counts of principal to second-degree murder and one count of principal to first-degree murder.

The incident happened around 11:50 p.m. on April 22 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, Jefferson Parish deputies say. Officers say David Pence may have been asleep when he was killed. Both men died on the scene.

Dexter Allen, 17, and DeGruy 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.

Allen shot the pair and stole items from the home, according to police.

Allen remains in Orleans Parish Jail on separate charges. He faces pending charges in Jefferson Parish for the killings of David and Nicholas Pence.

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