- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Shreveport man convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend after she told him she believed he was her baby’s father.

Jurors sentenced then 18-year-old Lamondre Tucker to death after convicting him of killing Tavia Sills in September 2009. Prosecutors said she was shot, jumped or was pushed into a pond, and was shot again before being pushed farther out with a stick.

The first-degree murder indictment said Sills was killed during a kidnapping, and with intent to kill or severely wound more than one person.

His defense attorney told jurors at the end of the trial that Tucker should be found guilty of second-degree murder and feticide, rather than first-degree murder.

The justices’ 59-page ruling rejected 55 claims of error.

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