Ascension Parish Jury Finds Gonzales Man Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder

          On March 21, 2019, an Ascension Parish Jury found 40-year-old Jamie Marshall of Gonzales guilty of 2nd Degree Murder in connection with the shooting death of 23-year-old Terri Herndon, also of Gonzales. This guilty verdict comes after numerous sanity commissions and motions filed on behalf of Marshall by defense attorneys. Marshall was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Dupaty, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Alvin Turner.

           On March 20, 2007, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a Gonzales residence after receiving a report of a female subject being shot. Upon arrival detectives located a female subject identified as 23-year-old Terri Herndon suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. Herndon was pronounced deceased on the scene. The only individuals present on the scene were Jamie Marshall who placed the 911 call and was the boyfriend of Herndon, along with two minor children. Upon making contact with Marshall, detectives noticed that he was acting strange. Marshall advised that he had been using drugs for several days and did not remember what had happened. While on scene, detectives located a .40 caliber handgun as well as a .40 caliber shell casing next to Herndon’s body. Marshall advised detectives that the gun was his. Marshall was then taken to the Criminal Investigations Division where he was extensively interviewed. During an interview with detectives, Marshall confessed to shooting Herndon. Marshall advised that he and Herndon had a dispute and after talking things over, Herndon just wanted to go to bed. Marshall advised that this is when he shot Herndon. Marshall was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Detention Center.

          Upon the jury rendering a guilty verdict in this matter, Judge Turner ordered that sentencing be deferred to a later date pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.