Advocate staff report
October 17, 2012
An LSU student accused of trying to kill her parents in New Orleans over inheritance money enlisted the help of a fellow student with the promise of $50,000, authorities said Wednesday.
Nathan Andrew Yuhas, 18, of Pennsylvania, was taken into custody at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after LSU Police and New Orleans police interviewed Yuhas late Monday, university spokesman Ernie Ballard said Wednesday.
Yuhas was with Nicole Lea Boover, 19, of New Orleans, when authorities found her on campus Monday, Ballard said.
According to an arrest warrant from Orleans Parish, New Orleans police responded to a call for help early Monday from an apartment in the 3400 block of Esplanade Avenue.
“The victim stated at or about 4:30 a.m. she heard a tap at her front door. The victim stated she opened the door to find her daughter, Nicole Boover, standing in the hallway,” according to the warrant.
“The victim stated Nicole raised a silver-colored handgun so she immediately shut the front door.
The victim stated Nicole fired three shots into the door before fleeing down the hall toward the stairs,” the warrant said.
The warrant also said Yuhas told police that Nicole Boover asked him to go to New Orleans with her, where she would “murder her parents to get the inheritance and his cut would be $50,000.”
Yuhas admitted to being with Boover when she bought “gloves, duct tape and ‘Scream’ masks,” the warrant says. Yuhas said he and Boover planned to leave the state and “if they were stopped by police, they would be vague with their answers and not admit to what happened,” the warrant says.
Boover’s stepfather called LSU police at 6:30 a.m. Monday shortly after the shots were fired and told them Boover was on her way back to LSU with a “male companion,” who was later identified as Yuhas, Ballard said.
LSU police contacted New Orleans police and confirmed that they were in the process of getting an arrest warrant for Boover, Ballard said.
A short time later, LSU police found Boover’s vehicle, with Yuhas inside, on South Campus Drive, Ballard said. Officers then found Boover in her on-campus residence, Ballard said.
LSU police and New Orleans police searched Boover’s vehicle and residence, and found marijuana in both locations, Ballard said.
Boover, 4617 Richland Ave., New Orleans, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and will soon be transported to New Orleans where she will be booked on one count each of attempted first-degree murder and simple possession of marijuana, Ballard said.
Yuhas, 2065 Harts Lane, Conshohocken, Pa., also was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and will be transported to New Orleans where he will be booked on a count of principal to attempted first-degree murder.