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|Fletcher enters insanity plea|
The West Ouachita teen who was indicted last week on two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his parents entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity Wednesday during an arraignment hearing in Fourth Judicial District Court in Monroe.
Dalton Fletcher, 15, said nothing during court proceedings. His attorney Charles Kincade entered his plea for him.
Kincade also filed a motion requesting a bond reduction for Fletcher. Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Danny Ellender did not rule on it.
Ellender scheduled Fletcher's next hearing date for Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Ouachita Parish Courthouse.
Several of Fletcher's family members attended Wednesday's arraignment hearing. They left the courtroom in tears, holding one another, following Fletcher's arraignment.
"I think he looked at me," one said as she wiped tears away, leaving the courthouse.
Fletcher is accused of fatally shooting his parents, Johnny Fletcher, 50, and Tammy Fletcher, 41. The double homicide occurred Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Fletcher home on Mount Vernon Church Road in western Ouachita Parish.
Authorities have not said what may have prompted the shooting at the Fletcher home.
Fletcher has been housed at Ouachita Correctional Center since being indicted by a grand jury on Monday, Sept. 13.
After he was indicted, Ellender set Fletcher's bond at $1.25 million for each count of second-degree murder. Fourth Judicial District Attorney Jerry Jones requested the high bond in light of the charges against Fletcher. He also requested the high bond because a weapon was discovered in the trunk of an automobile Fletcher drove to West Ouachita High School, where he was a student, the morning following the shooting at the Fletcher home on Mount Vernon Church Road.
Jones previously said Fletcher would be tried as an adult. If convicted of second-degree murder, Fletcher faces life in prison without the benefit of probation or parole.
According to Ouachita Parish Sheriff Royce Toney, Fletcher fatally shot his parents at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9. He went to class Friday morning, Sept. 10, at West Ouachita High School, according to Toney.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Fletcher without incident later that morning at the school.
West Ouachita High School and several surrounding middle and elementary schools were placed on lock down shortly after the sheriff's office was notified about the shooting.