Police arrested a 33-year-old man Tuesday accused in the fatal shooting of his 21-year-old pregnant girlfriend during a domestic dispute on Madison Avenue, a police spokesman said.
Adam Sterling, 3615 Chippewa St., Baton Rouge, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of second-degree murder, first-degree feticide, illegal use of a weapon and convicted felon in possession of a weapon, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said in a news release.
Sterling is accused of shooting Shylah Hicks multiple times in the upper torso around noon outside her home at 1724 Madison Ave., near Madison and 18th Street, McKneely said.
Hicks, who was five months pregnant, was taken to a hospital where she and her unborn baby later died, McKneely said.
Sterling ran away after the shooting but detectives arrested him around 3 p.m., McKneely said.
The pair had a history of domestic abuse and got into arguments as recently as within the past two days, McKneely said.
Police are unsure how long the couple had been dating, McKneely said.
East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court Office records do not show any previous arrests of Sterling in his relationship with Hicks, but Sterling had a prior history of domestic abuse in another relationship.
Sterling was arrested in May 2010 and accused of domestic abuse battery of another woman, records show.
He was accused in that incident of hitting the woman in the head and biting her right ear before taking her keys and driving away in her car, an arrest warrant says.
Sterling pleaded guilty in Aug. 2010 to simple battery in that case and was sentenced to six months in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison with credit for time served, court records show.
Tamekia Jones, 22, a friend of the victim, said Hicks, who went by the nickname “Nikki,” had been dating Sterling for “a hot minute.”
Jones said Hicks and Sterling had ongoing domestic issues.
“He just beat her up yesterday,” she said.