Man arrested in murder of Laplace woman

Man arrested in murder of Laplace woman

LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) - St. John Parish deputies have made an arrest in the murder of a woman found shot to death in a Laplace apartment.

Royce Burse, 28, of LaPlace, was booked Tuesday in connection with the fatal shooting of Samantha Griffin, 46, of LaPlace.

Deputies were called out to the apartment in the 300 block of East Airline Highway on Sept. 16 and found Griffen shot in the arm. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies caught up with Burse the next day and arrested him on unrelated charges, including possession of cannabinoids/synthetic marijuana  and a probation and parole violation.

They also recovered a weapon and ammunition that they said was used in the shooting.

Detectives booked Burse with second-degree murder and possession of a firearm and carrying concealed weapon by a convicted felon.

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