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BELLECHASSE, La. -- A Gretna man has been arrested for fatally stabbing his girlfriend in Belle Chasse, according to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office. The crime is the first murder of the year in Plaquemines Parish.

John Edwards Rivers, 54, was arrested on a second-degree murder charge, according to sheriff's office.

Around 7:30 p.m., two off-duty deputies were called by Rivers. According to the sheriff's office, Rivers told the deputies he killed his girlfriend. Rivers said that he stabbed the woman earlier in the day and left her body on Buccaneer Road in Belle Chasse.

Arounnd 8:30 p.m., authorities recovered the body of the victim, a 44-year-old woman, where Rivers had told deputies the body was. She was pronounced dead on the scene, according to sheriff's office.

Rivers turned himself into sheriff's office at the Belle Chasse Lock-up around 9 p.m. 'The murder weapon was recovered from Rivers' possession. Rivers was then transported the Belle Chasse Detective Bureau and interviewed at which time he confessed to stabbing and killing the victim,' said a statement from the sheriff's office.

In his interview with detectives, Rivers said, 'he and the victim traveled to the area of Buccaneer Road in his 1997 Ford Expedition to have sexual relations. While there, the two got into a verbal altercation that turned physical. During the altercation, Rivers stated that he stabbed the victim once in the vehicle. He then pulled her out of the vehicle where he stabbed her several more times. Rivers left the victim on the scene and traveled to a residence he shared with the victim in Gretna,' said the statement from the sheriff's office.

Rivers said he packed a bag and fled to relative's home in the Baton Rouge area, according to sheriff's office. Several hours later, he called police to confess to the crime.

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