Neighbors say police had been called several times before to a home on Courtland Circle, where a woman was found stabbed to death Saturday after an apparent fight with a man at the home.
The victim has been identified as Lekeisha Duncan, 32, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. with the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Officers went to 3023 Courtland Circle, off Monterrey Boulevard between South Choctaw Drive and Greenwell Springs Road, around 4:05 a.m. in response to a 911 call, police said.
A man with stab wounds to his body met them at the door, saying he had been in an argument with Duncan and had killed her, police said. Paramedics with East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services pronounced Duncan dead at the scene.
Lekeisha Duncan’s stepmother, Lois Duncan, said the family is still not quite sure what happened in the Courtland Circle home early Saturday and are waiting to get the story from police.
She said the family was called by police to the house about 6 a.m., but were sent away shortly afterward. Lois Duncan said she was unsure if her stepdaughter and the man who was living with her had any prior incidents.
Neighbors said Lekeisha Duncan mostly kept to herself, staying indoors, while the man accused of stabbing her was described as an outgoing person who would talk to whoever happened to be outside while he was washing his car or walking the dog.
“He always had a smile on his face,” said Brandy Earl, 20, who lived next door.
Letisha Harris, 34, another neighbor, said the couple argued often and the police were called to the home several times, but she never saw any signs of physical abuse.
“We never thought it would get to the point where somebody would get killed,” Harris said.
Debra Self, 59, who lives about three houses down from the couple, said she woke up around 4 a.m. to take her granddaughter to the hospital and walked outside to see the man who lived at the house on Courtland Circle sitting outside on the porch next to the front door.
Self said an officer went inside briefly before walking back out as more officers arrived. As the officers walked up to him, she said, the man sat still with his arms extended in front of him like someone waiting to be handcuffed.
As officers questioned him, Self said she heard him say, “She cut me.”
She left to go to the hospital soon after and returned about three hours later to find police still at the house and the victim’s young son standing outside the home with officers.
The investigation was continuing and no arrests have been made yet.
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