Beckley found guilty of killing girl, 16; dumping body in St. Rose

Published 4:25 pm Friday, October 13, 2017

HAHNVILLE — A Kenner man was found guilty today of killing a teenager in April, 2016 before dumping her body in St. Charles Parish, authorities said.

Following a four-day bench trail, District Judge Timothy S. Marcel found Daniel Beckley, 41, guilty of the second degree murder and obstruction of justice.

Daniel Beckley

The victim in the case, 16-year-old Jorian White of Kenner, was found in a drainage ditch in St. Charles Parish.

Beckley faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison with the Louisiana Department of Corrections on the second degree murder charge and a maximum sentence of 40 years on the obstruction charge.

Jorian White

Marcel ordered Beckley held without bond pending his sentencing Dec. 12.

“Our focus throughout the course of this prosecution has remained on securing a just outcome for the family of the victim,” District Attorney Joel T. Chaisson II said. “In the early morning hours of April 22, 2016, the defendant took the life of a beautiful young girl and robbed her loved ones of their daughter, granddaughter, niece and friend. This verdict cannot bring her back, but it can bring healing and the knowledge that this man will never be able to prey upon another child ever again.”

Authorities said White’s body was found in a St. Rose ditch 1.6 miles from Airline Highway in a “mostly swamp” area without clothing and with only thin, pink, rollers in her hair.

Local authorities said they discovered the body at approximately 4 p.m. on a Sunday after White was reported missing from Kenner at approximately 7:45 p.m. the previous Friday. She was last seen in her Kenner home on Phoenix Street at approximately 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Beckley, of Kenner, was the victim’s mother’s boyfriend and had sexually assaulted the victim before killing her, according to St. Charles prosecutors.