2nd suspect arrested after drug deal turns deadly

Published 1:11 pm Tuesday, April 18, 2017

LAPLACE — A St. James woman believed to have driven from the scene of a deadly knife attack in February in an effort to avoid arrest ended up behind bars this week, authorities said.

Dejae Jackson, 21, indicted earlier this month, was jailed Monday for principal to distribute and manufacture a schedule I controlled dangerous substance and accessory after the fact to second degree murder

Dejae Jackson

“We’re trying to send a clear message to anyone who will assist or attempt to assist anybody that is involved in a crime that there are still consequences for your actions,” Sheriff Mike Tregre said.

Authorities said Jackson drove Leslie J. Hollingsworth away from a fatal fight Feb. 8 in LaPlace.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office has linked Jackson and Hollingsworth to the death of 19-year-old Alton Robinson.

Investigators be-lieve Robinson and Hollingsworth engaged in an illegal drug sale for a little over an ounce of marijuana in the 2300 block of Hebert Drive in LaPlace.

The deal turned into a fight that left Robinson dead on the scene of multiple stab wounds and Hollingsworth injured.

Authorities apprehended Hollingsworth a short time later during a traffic stop after getting spotted speeding out of the subdivision.

Jackson is believed to be the driver of the speeding vehicle.

Hollingsworth sustained multiple stab wounds to his body and was taken to a New Orleans-area hospital, where he was treated and released.

He was booked for second degree murder and is being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

Bond information on Jackson was not available Tuesday morning. Authorities said Jackson turned herself in with an attorney present Monday after learning of her indictment.