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    Mother (Ja'Riel Sam, 25) kidnapped from LaPlace apartment shot and killed after escaping car trunk; suspect in custody

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    https://www.nola.com/news/crime_poli...a3f5877c9.html

    A 25-year-old mother who frantically jumped from the trunk of a moving car after she was violently abducted from her LaPlace home early Sunday ran for her life but couldn't escape her attacker, who authorities say caught up to her and shot her in the forehead.

    Ja'Riel Sam's body was discovered about 3:30 a.m. near the 400 block of Belle Terre Boulevard in LaPlace by St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office deputies who were responding to a report of a car crash, said Sheriff Mike Tregre.

    Investigators later learned the vehicle -- Sam's own car -- had been abandoned by her suspected killer when he, too, jumped out to prevent her escape.

    Corrie Wallace, 37, of LaPlace, surrendered to authorities Monday morning after the Sheriff's Office announced that he was wanted in connection with the case, according to Tregre. Wallace will be booked with first-degree murder, Tregre said.

    Sam's 4-year-old son was inside her Linda Lane apartment when she was taken, according to the sheriff. Deputies found the traumatized little boy in his mother's bed when they went to the residence after her body had been identified.

    "He heard his mama screaming," Tregre said.

    Tregre described Sam and Wallace as acquaintances.

    Wallace went to Sam's apartment some time early Sunday morning. They didn't find any evidence of forced entry, so detectives don't believe he broke into the residence, according to authorities.

    "Something went very wrong inside of her apartment," Tregre said.

    At some point, Wallace put Sam inside the trunk of her own car and drove off, leaving her 4-year-old son unharmed but alone in the residence, authorities said.

    Wallace was driving on Belle Terre Boulevard when Sam managed to open the trunk and jump from the moving vehicle. She suffered road rash on her knees, legs and elbows, according to to Tregre, who said, "She tried to run for her life."

    But Wallace also jumped out of the still-moving car and caught up to Sam, authorities said.

    "We believe he shot and killed her right there on Belle Terre Boulevard," Tregre said.

    Wallace then abandoned the car, which had crashed into a metal guard rail in front of a car dealership. That was the hit-and-run reported to the Sheriff's Office.

    When investigators went to Sam's apartment, they realized someone had poured large amounts of bleach all over the residence in an attempted to destroy evidence, Tregre said.

    Detectives identified Wallace as a suspect using crime cameras and other surveillance footage from neighboring businesses. They also recovered the suspected murder weapon from a canal nearby, Tregre said.

    Sam's son is with relatives, according to authorities.

    Anyone with information about Sam's death is asked to call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office TIPS line at 985-359-8477 or the criminal investigations division at 504-359-8769.




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    2nd suspect arrested in LaPlace mother's murder accused of trying to aid her alleged killer

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    Detectives investigating the murder of young mother Ja'Riel Sam have arrested a second suspect who is accused of helping the man accused of her murder.

    Kevin Hollinger, 36, of LaPlace, was booked Monday with being a principal to first-degree murder, said St. John Sheriff Mike Tregre.

    Hollinger acted as an accomplice to Corrie Wallace, 37, the man accused of kidnapping Sam, 25, from her LaPlace apartment early Sunday morning before executing her in the 400 block of Belle Terre Boulevard in LaPlace, authorities said.

    Wallace was booked Monday with first-degree murder.

    Detectives determined that Wallace, an acquaintance of Sam's, went to her Linda Lane residence about 3 a.m., but something "went wrong" after he arrived, according to Tregre.

    Wallace attacked Sam, put her in the trunk of her own car and drove off, leaving behind Sam's 4-year-old son, authorities said.

    As Wallace was driving on Belle Terre Boulevard, Sam managed to escape the trunk and jump from the moving vehicle. But Wallace also got out of the car and chased after her, Tregre said.

    Once he caught up to Sam, Wallace is accused of shooting her once in the forehead. Deputies discovered her body while responding a reported hit-and-run -- Sam's abandoned vehicle, which had crashed into a railing at a car dealership.

    Detectives quickly identified Wallace as Sam's killer based on video from business surveillance and crime cameras, Tregre said. They even discovered video of him tossing a gun into a canal, authorities said.

    But investigators noticed that there was a car following Wallace as he drove the victim's car away from her apartment, Tregre said. Hollinger, Wallace's co-worker, was behind the wheel, according to authorities.

    Detectives suspect Hollinger knew what Wallace had planned for Sam as he trailed behind the woman's car, Tregre said. Authorities also found a full container of gasoline in the front seat of Hollinger's car, though they did not say what the fuel might have been meant for.

    Hollinger was being held Tuesday at the Lt. Sherman Walker Correctional Facility in LaPlace in lieu of a $100,000 bond.


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