Monday, November 29, 2010

Teens Allegedly Beat 78-Year-Old Woman To Death in Norco

The 17-year-old pictured here is Pauline Deese. Both the Times Picayune and WWL TV report that Miss Deese is one of four teens, ages 14-17, charged with allegedly beating to death a 78-year-old woman in Norco, La. St. Charles Parish authorities have not yet released the names of the other suspects.

News sources say that the teens allegedly convinced Mary N. Mulé Arico that they needed to use her phone. Once inside, they began searching her home for valuables. The Picayune says "two 16-year-old boys were booked with first degree murder and a 14-year-old girl was booked with principal to first degree murder on Sunday night," and St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne called the crime "horrific," reports WWL. Its news division (which has posted video this evening after this post) further reports that Ms. Arico died from multiple blows and stab wounds and that the teens bragged about the murder.

"The crime was likely committed on November 8, though Arico’s body wasn’t discovered until November 26 after deputies were asked by family members to check on the woman."
The victim lived alone and kept to herself, which is why her death went unnoticed. A neighbor called police after she did not answer her door.

Deese, per reports, has been charged as an accessory to first degree murder. The sheriff's office says she helped dispose of evidence and is related to one of the 16-year-old boys who's been charged in the killing.

Norco is about 32 minutes west of New Orleans on the other side of the Louis Armstrong International Airport.

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Everytime someone asks me what do I think of the youth violence in New Orleans and surrounding areas, all I can do is shake my head. If I had a solution or any significant ideas about how to prevent it other than parenting classes and a better education system, I'd be richer than Bill Gates. This murder also causes me to ponder the dangers of living alone as we age.

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