LaPlace man kills wife after ‘domestic issue,’ police say

Published 11:04 am Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A LaPlace man was arrested this morning, charged with killing his wife.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said Richard Starks Jr. is charged with second degree murder following the shooting death of his wife.

Richard Starks Jr.

Richard Starks Jr.

Deputies began investigating the shooting in the 100 block of Oak Arbor Street in LaPlace following a shooting report at approximately 2:10 a.m.

A 911 caller identified as Starks, 55, told deputies he had “accidentally shot” his wife, Carreta Davis Starks, 47, following a “domestic issue,” Tregre said.

“Deputies were approached by Richard Starks Jr., who exited the residence with arms up, surrendering to police,” Tregre said. “Deputies detained him without incident. Deputies then entered the residence and found the female victim seated on the living room floor with a gunshot wound to the head.”

Emergency services attempted to render medical aid, but the victim was unresponsive and pronounced dead on the scene by the coroner’s office.

During the course of the investigation, detectives found a semi-automatic firearm with a single magazine separated from the firearm on the floor near the body, Tregre said.