Traumatized Louisiana boy heard killer abduct his screaming mother before shooting her in the head after assaulting and kidnapping her in front of the four-year-old on Saturday
The alleged killer, Corrie Wallace is charged first-degree in the death of Ja’Riel Sam
Wallace, 37, gave himself up to authorities on Monday in LaPlace, Louisiana where he is charged with killing 25-year-old Ja’Riel Sam
He allegedly kidnapped Sam, shoved her in the trunk of her own car and drove off before shooting her in the head as she tried to escape
The suspect, known to be an acquaintance of Sam, then doused the victim’s home in bleach in an attempt to destroy evidence
A little boy watched in terror as a killer kidnapped his mother before shooting her in the head.
Corrie Wallace, [left], 37, gave himself up to authorities on Monday in LaPlace, Louisiana where he is charged with killing 25-year-old Ja’Riel Sam, who was found dead on the side of a local street hours earlier.
Investigators said Sam’s four-year-old son was inside her apartment when she was abducted by Wallace, who is described as being an acquaintance of Sam.
Police later found the boy traumatized in his mother’s bed after Sam’s body was identified. ‘He heard his mama screaming,’ St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre told Nola.com.
Police said Wallace stuffed Sam in the trunk of her own car during the violent abduction. A short time later, she jumped from the trunk of the moving vehicle – but she was unable to escape her attacker, who police say chased her down and shot her once in the forehead.
Sam reportedly suffered road rash on her knees, legs and elbows during her failed attempt to flee.
Corrie Wallace, [left], is charged with killing 25-year-old mother-of-one Ja’Riel Sam [right] after kidnapping her in front of her four-year-old son, sometime on Saturday night
Corrie Wallace, known to be an acquaintance of Sam, allegedly kidnapped her, shoved her in the trunk of her own car and drove off before shooting her in the head.
‘She tried to run for her life,’ Sheriff Tregre said.
‘We believe he shot and killed her right there on Belle Terre Boulevard.’ After Wallace allegedly killed Sam, he crashed her car into a metal guard rail in front of a car dealership and abandoned the vehicle.
Deputies received a call around 3:30 a.m. Saturday stating that it appeared a pedestrian was the victim of a hit and run in the 400 block of Belle Terre Boulevard in Laplace.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a vehicle crashed into a guardrail and a nude woman, who was later identified as Sam, unresponsive in a nearby parking lot with a gunshot wound to the head.
She was later pronounced dead at the scene by the St. John the Baptist Parish Coroner’s Office.
Surveillance video from a nearby business helped deputies develop Wallace as a suspect in the crime.
After surveillance cameras exposed him as the killer, Corrie Wallace [photo], known to be an acquaintance of Sam,turned himself in and confessed to the crime
Investigators learned that Wallace was inside of Sam’s apartment along with her 4-year-old son where an assault occurred. After the assault, Wallace forced Sam from her apartment and put her in the trunk of her vehicle.
While driving towards Belle Terre Blvd., Wallace crashed the vehicle and Sam managed to escape the trunk. Sam then ran to a nearby parking lot where Wallace chased her down and shot her before fleeing the scene on foot.
Wallace later turned himself in and confessed to the crime.
Tregre said officers responding to Sam’s apartment discovered someone had doused the home in bleach in an attempt to destroy evidence.
The gun believed to have been used to kill Sam was subsequently found in a nearby canal, police said.
Tregre said Wallace is facing charges including first-degree murder.
Sam’s son who was left unharmed, is reportedly staying with relatives.