Dexter Allen found guilty in Metairie double murder

Dexter Allen guilty in double murder; sentencing set for November

GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - Dexter Allen, 18, was found guilty Monday on two counts of second-degree murder in the 2015 shooting deaths of a Metairie father and son. He was also convicted on 19 counts of simple burglary. The jury deliberated for less than two hours.

The testimony jurors heard Monday included that of Jefferson Parish Detective William Roniger, who interviewed Allen after he was arrested back in April of last year.

Allen was accused of going on a crime spree in a Metairie neighborhood during which police say he burglarized 19 vehicles. Allen then allegedly walked into a home and murdered David and Nicholas Pence.

During the recorded interview, Allen admitted to being in the neighborhood that night and said he burglarized several vehicles. He did not admit to the murders.

Roniger was the state's last witness before the defense began calling witnesses to the stand.

In one of the recorded exchanges,Roniger tries to trip Allen up during questioning.

Detective William Roniger: "We're here investigating a homicide, in fact a double homicide. You need to tell us what happened."

Dexter Allen: "He said the men are hurt. They're men right? Man, I didn't kill nobody."

Jurors had already heard from the wife and mother of the victims, who gave emotional testimony about finding them shot in their living room.

They also saw graphic crime scene photos and on Friday, heard from a DNA expert that said Allen's DNA was found on the murder weapon.

The shotgun was found underneath his mother's house.

Allen faces life in prison. Sentencing is set for Nov. 14.

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