Man convicted of killing woman during dispute over tinted windows

A 24-year-old Baton Rouge man was convicted Thursday of fatally shooting a woman and wounding her boyfriend last year on Washington Avenue near Plank Road.

An East Baton Rouge Parish jury found Elijah Smith guilty of second-degree murder in the March 1, 2012, slaying of Kayla Selders, 23, and attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of her boyfriend.

“My baby finally got justice,” Selders’ father, Roger Chenevert, said at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse shortly after the verdicts were announced. “Now we can carry on. But I’m sorry for the other side. We both lost someone.”

Smith faces a mandatory term of life in prison on the murder charge. State District Judge Trudy White is scheduled to sentence him Feb. 6.

Chenevert said his daughter was a good mother. Her son is now 3, and her daughter is 2.

East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney April Leon said Selders was killed during a dispute involving a car stereo and tinted windows.

Smith tinted Selders’ car windows and Selders gave him a car stereo in exchange. Selders was not pleased with the tint job, so she approached Smith and said she wanted either the stereo returned or money, the prosecutor said.

Selders and her boyfriend were shot inside Selders’ car.

Baton Rouge police said at the time of the shooting that there were multiple bullet holes in the car’s exterior and no signs that shots had been fired from inside the car.

Assistant District Attorney Ron Gathe also prosecuted the case.

Selders’ aunt, Trisha Selders, said at the scene of the shooting that her niece made a living braiding and dyeing hair.