CLINTON - A former co-defendant of Lionel “L-Dog” Allen told a jury in Allen’s second-degree murder trial Tuesday how she watched him and a woman kill a man by beating him, running over him with a car and finally burning his gasoline-soaked body.
Jonova Walker, 33, of St. Francisville, was indicted for second-degree murder in the death of Andre Turner, 38, of Port Hudson, on Dec. 2, 2007, but prosecutors said Tuesday the charge would be reduced to obstruction of justice in return for her testimony.
Josie Morgan, 39, who formerly lived in a U.S. 61 mobile home park in East Baton Rouge Parish, also faces a murder charge in Turner’s slaying.
Walker, Morgan, Allen, 54, and the slaying victim were accused of robbing a West Feliciana Parish bar owner at gunpoint a few hours before Turner was killed.
Prosecutor Betsy Jones told the jury Monday that Morgan and Allen killed Turner after the four met at a Scenic Highway motel to divide up some money and because Morgan had a life insurance policy on the victim.
Attorneys in the case are attempting to avoid a possible mistrial if they mention the robbery in the presence of the jury. Although related, the crimes occurred at different times in different parishes.
East Feliciana Parish sheriff’s detectives said Turner apparently was alive when his body was set on fire in a wooded area near Thompson Creek and off La. 964. A pathologist is scheduled to testify in the case Wednesday.
After the motel meeting, Walker testified, she followed Morgan, Allen and Turner to Carney Road near Zachary, where Morgan and Allen began fighting with Turner. Morgan hit Turner several times with a pipe wrench and ran over him with the car when he tried to flee.
Walker said she turned the corner at Carney and Barnett roads and found Morgan and Allen looking at Turner under the front driver’s side wheel.
“They were looking at him like they were looking at a flat tire,” Walker said.
Defense attorney Chuck Ward questioned Walker about different statements she made in several interviews. Walker admitted she lied in her early statements, but she insisted she has told the truth since agreeing to turn state’s evidence in November 2008.