Man indicted in Terrytown hammer killings pleads not guilty

Man indicted in Terrytown hammer killings pleads not guilty

TERRYTOWN, La. (WVUE) - The man accused in a Terrytown hammer attack that killed four people including three children pleaded not guilty in a Jefferson Parish court on Monday.

Terrance Leonard was indicted on murder charges last week.

A grand jury handed up an indictment last week charging Leonard with four counts of first-degree murder.

Investigators say in early March this year Leonard killed 32-year-old Kristina Riley her 14-year-old daughter, ten-year-old son, and nine-year-old niece while they slept before Riley returned home. Investigators say Leonard bludgeoned Riley to death with a hammer when she got back to her Terrytown apartment.

Deputies say Leonard also attacked Riley’s 12-year old daughter who survived the attack.

Jefferson Parish detectives say Leonard returned to the scene the next morning with his mother in a bid to create an alibi and that’s when his mother discovered the bodies and called 911.

Leonard also faces charges for attacking Riley’s surviving daughter.

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