GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - A judge sentenced a Mississippi man to life in prison for his role in a woman jumping out of his car on I-10 and being fatally struck by other vehicles.
Prosecutors say Jasilas Wright, 19 was trying to escape Adam Littleton, 26, after he forced her into his car after she got off of her dancing job in the French Quarter.
The incident happened on I-10 in Metairie in 2015.
According to evidence presented at trial, Wright met Littleton through her job as a dancer at Bourbon Street night clubs. In May 2015, she traveled with Littleton to Texas, where she engaged in prostitution. Littleton benefited financially from her prostitution.
On the morning she died, Wright and Littleton argued in the French Quarter before he forced her into his car with him, according to a witness.
However, unwilling to travel to Texas again, Wright jumped from Littleton's car in the westbound lanes of I-10 near the Veterans Memorial Boulevard overpass. She was fatally struck by vehicles.
According to additional evidence presented at trial, Littleton witnessed Wright being struck by vehicles and yet continued driving to Texas. He never notified police.
He did speak with Wright's family on the telephone, telling them only that she jumped from his car. He hung up and never spoke with them again.
Knowing that warrants for his arrest were pending in Jefferson Parish and New Orleans, Littleton surrendered to authorities in Shreveport.
Prosecutors alleged that he was engaged in the crime of second-degree kidnapping when Wright died, and as such, he was legally responsible for her death.
Following the conviction, Littleton's defense counsel sought a new trial, citing numerous complaints. The defense argued, among other things, that prosecutors withheld information about a key witness's criminal history.
After hearing arguments, reading numerous briefs and listening to a recording of the key witness's trial testimony, Judge Lee Faulkner of the 24th Judicial District Court ruled he found "no merit" to the defense assertions.
Judge Faulkner then sentenced Littleton to the mandatory life sentence.
The Louisiana State Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and New Orleans Police Department investigated the homicide.