Woman fatally stabs boyfriend during argument at Prairieville home, marking 3rd fatal domestic incident in past week _lowres

Jonqualya Benton

A 21-year-old Prairieville man was stabbed to death Friday night during an argument with his girlfriend that turned violent, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Jonqualya Benton is accused of stabbing her boyfriend, Deshad Perry, in the chest just before midnight. He later died at a hospital in Baton Rouge, Lt. Col. Bobby Webre said.

Perry’s killing marks the third domestic incident in the past week that had fatal consequences. On Sept. 26, a deputy shot and killed a Baton Rouge man caught stabbing his significant other inside the couple’s house.

And on Tuesday, a Denham Springs man stabbed his on-again off-again girlfriend to death in her front yard.

Late Friday, Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of screaming coming from a home at 18186 Pinehurst Drive in Prairieville and found the door open when they arrived and “a large amount of blood throughout” the home, Webre said.

Shortly after, a Baton Rouge hospital contacted the Sheriff’s Office to tell deputies it was treating a stab victim who had just arrived in critical condition, Webre said.

Detectives learned Perry and Benton had been in an argument at their townhouse down the street from River Community Church earlier that night.

A relative inside the home managed to separate the two temporarily after punching and slapping began, Webre said Saturday, but Benton retrieved a knife moments later and stabbed Perry once in the chest. The couple’s 1-year-old child was with them at the time.

Benton and the relative rushed Perry to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Webre said.

Perry was arrested in 2014 on a count of domestic abuse battery, Webre said in a news release about the incident. The disposition of that case could not immediately be determined Saturday.

Deputies found marijuana and two assault rifles at the home Saturday, and Benton told detectives they belonged to her, Webre said.

Benton was arrested on a count of manslaughter, possession of a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance — marijuana — and illegal carrying of a weapon while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Benton’s bond has not been set.

Relatives of Perry reached by telephone on Saturday said they weren’t ready to talk.

The door to the couple’s home was left cracked open with blinds bent and a black Mercedes parked in the driveway Saturday afternoon. The townhouse was one of several homes that lined what appeared to be a family-friendly neighborhood, busy with one couple walking their dogs, a young woman taking her afternoon jog and a child riding her scooter down the street.

Neighbors of the couple said they did not hear or see anything Friday night.

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