Accused initially said victim shot herself
Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested a Baton Rouge man in the death of his girlfriend just two days after he told investigators she accidentally shot herself in the head while climbing a ladder at their home.
Some of Lucinda Ann White’s family never believed the story, and after several rounds of questioning, Jason Bringier, 32, confessed to fatally shooting White at their Toulon Drive home off South Sherwood Forest Boulevard, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
Deputies arrested Bringier and booked him into parish prison Wednesday on counts of second-degree murder, obstruction of justice, illegal carrying of a firearm and possession of marijuana.
Bringier initially told detectives that White, 30, walked out of a bedroom about 1 a.m. Monday while playing with a handgun. Then, he said, he heard a gunshot and found her bleeding in another room, Hicks said.
White’s grandfather, George Davis, said his granddaughter feared weapons and Bringier’s story didn’t add up.
“If you’re climbing up in the closet and a pistol goes off and it hits you in the back of the head — that’s a bunch of bull,” George Davis said.
During the investigation, detectives learned Bringier called his mother before dialing 911.
They also found a pistol and drugs in a garbage can outside the couple’s home, Hicks said.
Bringier told investigators in a follow-up interview that he hid the gun and drugs because he didn’t want deputies to find them. He also stuck to his original story when it came to explaining White’s death, Hicks said.
White’s friends and family members described Bringier to investigators as an abusive marijuana dealer, Hicks said.
In a third interview with deputies, Bringier confessed to shooting White, Hicks said.
“He alleges it was accidental, though physical evidence supports it was intentional,” Hicks said.
On Wednesday, the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office ruled White’s death a homicide, said Beau Clark, the parish coroner.
White’s grandmother, Clara Davis, said her granddaughter was a loving mother of three sons: Clayen, 2; Jason, 4; and Charles, 7.
As of Wednesday night, the sons were with Bringier’s mother, Clara Davis said.
White’s grandmother said she and her husband helped raise White from a young age.
“She was the prettiest little blonde-headed, blue-eyed, beautiful child,” Clara Davis said.