Ponchatoula teen murder suspect pleads not guilty

Ponchatoula teen murder suspect pleads not guilty

Ponchatoula teen murder suspect pleads not guilty

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Posted on June 27, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 27 at 10:39 AM

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PONCHATOULA, La. -- A teenager accused of gunning down a woman after numerous run-ins with her family pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.

Ryan Pourciau pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of April Vander Linden. His bail was denied again.

According to officials, Pourciau had numerous run-ins with Vander Linden and her family and was under court order to stay away from April's teen-aged daughter.

A manhunt was launched for Pourciau after Vander Linden was shot on the morning of April 23.  Pourciau was later discovered and shot inside the family home, State Police said at the time. 

Husband Brett Vander Linden, who had returned to the house to get some items, ran out of the home after seeing Pourciau's bulletproof jacket. State Police stormed the home, said Trooper Nick Manale, a spokesman for State Police. Pourciau, who was hiding under a bed, was shot in the shoulder after police ordered him to raise his arms and troopers saw a gun.

 

 

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