Advocate staff report
September 28, 2012
A 28-year-old Baton Rouge man was indicted Thursday on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the July 25 shooting death of his girlfriend and wounding of her 11-year-old niece on Ryder Drive.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said he plans to meet with family members of the victims before deciding whether to seek the death penalty against Devon Terrell Livous in the slaying of Raolatu Alowonle, 28.
“We decided to indict it like that so we could keep our options open,” Moore said.
A first-degree murder conviction carries two possible penalties: death by lethal injection or life in prison. On the other hand, second-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
Livous, 1701 Ryder Drive, is accused of killing Alowonle and shooting her niece in the leg in the 1800 block of Ryder while the woman and girl walked on the sidewalk, police have said.
Livous’ case has been assigned to state District Judge Lou Daniel.