Man accused in 2013 abduction, stabbing death of 6-year-old to appear in court

Man accused in 2013 abduction, stabbing death of 6-year-old to appear in court

HARVEY, LA (WVUE) - A man accused of killing a 6-year-old girl in 2013 and dumping her body in a garbage bin will appear in court Monday morning.

Matthew Flugence, 21, is accused in the abduction and stabbing death of Ahlittia North. North went missing on July 13, 2013. Following a frantic three-day search, investigators found the 6-year-old's body in a trash bin near her family's Harvey apartment.

Jefferson Parish prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Flugence, who authorities say allegedly sexually abused the child before stabbing her behind a row of apartments on Destrehan Avenue in Harvey. Flugence pleaded not guilty, saying that the 6-year-old seduced him, our partners at Nola.com/The Times Picayune report.

Flugence had family ties with the North. His uncle was her stepfather, according to investigators.

A status hearing will take place on Monday.

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