On Monday, April 18, a suspect was arrested in connection with the discovery of a body in a Baton Rouge business parking lot.
Earl Lee Johnson Jr., 35, has so far been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Janice David, 34, who was discovered dead inside a vehicle, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.
The woman’s grisly death was live streamed on Instagram for nearly 15 minutes, according to authorities. Johnson had already been in custody when the video was discovered, according to the authorities. He confessed to the woman’s murder, they said.
“Very horrible, very horrible. She didn’t deserve to die like this…no one does,” said Terri Austin, who is the cousin and godmother of David.
Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said, “As everyone has seen on Facebook [Instagram] live, it’s a very gruesome, very evil act.”
According to police officials, David’s hands had been bound to the steering wheel, and she was discovered naked.
“I really thought you know when they say she died that it would have been a vehicle wreck or something like that, wouldn’t never dream that someone would do this to her,” added Austin.
Johnson allegedly choked, beat, and stabbed David. They said the two had been on a three- or four-day drug binge.
“She was caught up in a world I guess you could say that you know it was hard for her to get away from,” Austin said.
The suspect was injured during a police chase and taken to hospital. He was found in front of Sherwood Towers, an office building on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard near Newcastle Avenue.
Johnson’s rap sheet shows that he was arrested in 2005 on multiple armed robbery charges.