- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GRETNA, La. (AP) - Matthew Flugence could learn this fall whether he will face a jury this year, or later, in the 2013 abduction and slaying of 6-year-old Ahlittia North of Harvey.

Flugence, 22, faces a charge of first-degree murder.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1ggDLmi) Flugence was set to stand trial in May 2014, but public defender Paul Fleming Jr. sought a postponement, citing a lack of money for the defense and the need for more time to prepare.

On Monday, Fleming told Judge Adrian Adams that he has been in discussions with prosecutors about the case and could “do something later this year.”

Adams set a status conference Oct. 7.

Fleming is representing Flugence with Cesar Vazquez of the public defender’s office. Assistant District Attorneys Doug Freese and Sunny Funk are prosecuting the case.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office launched an extensive manhunt after Ahlittia disappeared from her home on July 13, 2013. She was found dead three days later in a garbage bin just steps away from her apartment in the 2900 block of Destrehan Avenue. Authorities said she had been stabbed in the abdomen and neck.

Flugence has said he was seduced by the girl. His uncle is married to the girl’s mother, and he had lived with the family for a brief time.

He’s also charged with aggravated rape of another girl, and with breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s Harvey residence on the same day Ahlittia disappeared.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com


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