LIVINGSTON — A Walker teen indicted in the shooting death of his mother pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder, the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office said.
A Livingston Parish grand jury on Tuesday indicted Eddie Robert Island III, 17, 12178 Village Drive, Walker, in the death of Tamila Wooley, 34, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said in a news release.
Island made his not guilty plea Wednesday before Judge Robert H. Morrison of the 21st Judicial District in Livingston Parish. The case has been assigned to Judge M. Douglas Hughes, Perrilloux said.
Island has been held without bail in the Livingston Parish Detention Center since his arrest.
Walker police believe Island shot Wooley at their home — a town home in a gated community off Walker South Road — between late Dec. 29 and early Dec. 30 and left his mother’s body there for at least two days. Officers found Wooley’s body about noon Jan. 1. Island was arrested the next day.
Island visited the home several times after his mother’s death to feed his two half-siblings still inside the residence. He had told them their mother was sick and resting. The two half-siblings were found unharmed inside the home, authorities have said.
Police believe Island used a sawed-off shotgun to shoot his mother, but authorities are unsure how the teenager obtained the illegally modified weapon.
Island and Wooley would occasionally get into arguments at their Walker town home, police have said, but their encounters never escalated to violence requiring police involvement, at least in Walker.
Court records in San Bernardino County, Island and Wooley’s original home, show Island may have been abused by both his mother and father in California.
Friends of Island’s from Denham Springs have said Island spoke about his mother’s abuse.
But co-workers of Wooley’s have said the 34-year-old mother was a kind soul who was at her wit’s end with her troublesome son.
A second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
The 21st Judicial District covers Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes.