CLINTON — An East Feliciana Parish grand jury indicted four people Tuesday on second-degree murder charges, one of them the slaying victim’s daughter.
East Feliciana Parish sheriff’s deputies found the body of Katherine Hartman, 58, on July 6 in the yard of a vacant house on Lane Road, a dead-end road in Ethel.
The victim’s daughter, Lisa Marie Keller, 34, had reported the victim missing on June 25, Sheriff Talmadge Bunch said.
The grand jurors returned “true bills” accusing Keller, Naomi Ruth Wheat, 20; Shederick Law, 24; and Kendale Scott, 26, of second-degree murder.
Keller, Scott, and Wheat lived with the victim in a mobile home at 8158 Highland Drive, west of Clinton.
Scott initially was booked on a second-degree murder count, while deputies booked the other three with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.
Sheriff’s deputies believe Scott shot Hartman on June 24 and Keller reported her mother missing the next day to avoid answering questions about her mother’s whereabouts, sheriff’s Detective Don McKey said last month.
Scott is Keller’s boyfriend; Wheat is a friend of Keller and Law, of Baker, is a friend of Scott, McKey said.
Parish Jail Warden Ray Newman said the four have remained in custody since their arrests on July 6. The women were being held in an Avoyelles Parish prison.