- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - A Walker teen indicted in the shooting death of his mother pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said in a news release received by The Advocate (https://bit.ly/KKATxb ) that a Livingston Parish grand jury on Tuesday indicted the 17-year-old in the death of 34-year-old Tamila Wooley.

The teen made his not guilty plea Wednesday.

Walker police believe the 17-year-old shot Wooley at their home - a town home in a gated community off Walker South Road - between late Dec. 29 and early Dec. 30 and left his mother’s body there for at least two days. Officers found Wooley’s body about noon Jan. 1.

Police say the teen visited the home several times after his mother’s death to feed his two half-siblings still inside the residence. He had told them their mother was sick and resting. The two half-siblings were found unharmed inside the home.

Police believe the teen used a sawed-off shotgun to shoot his mother, but authorities are unsure how the teenager obtained the illegally modified weapon.

Police say Wooley and her son would occasionally get into arguments at their Walker town home, but their encounters never escalated to violence requiring police involvement, at least in Walker.

A second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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