Baton Rouge police arrest suspect in December 2014 slaying _lowres

Christopher Thornton, 21

Baton Rouge Police arrested a man suspected in the shooting death of 22-year-old Christian Allen who was shot multiple times during a December 2014 robbery, then left to die in the 2600 block of Citadel Drive.

Christopher Deandre Thornton, 21, of 156 S. 11th St., shot Allen around 10:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 2014, according to a Baton Rouge police report.

Officers booked Thornton at Parish Prison Thursday morning on counts of first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said Thornton was already in jail in an unrelated arrest.

Allen’s mother told The Advocate at the time that her son was walking down the street to a Shell gas station when he was killed about a block from his Sewanee Drive home.

Detectives were able to link Thornton to the weapon used in Allen’s slaying, the report says, and multiple witnesses provided detectives with details of Thornton’s plan to rob Allen.

According to the report, witnesses said Thornton previously had tried and failed to rob Allen.

Multiple witnesses identified Thornton as the shooter from a photographic lineup, the report says, and also provided descriptions of the undisclosed items taken from Allen during the robbery.

Authorities found Allen on the side of the road, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He died at the scene.

McKneely said detectives worked for months to build the case against Thornton.

A state district judge signed an arrest warrant for him Feb. 26.

It wasn’t clear when investigators recovered the alleged murder weapon or identified witnesses in the case. McKneely declined to discuss specific details of the investigation.

Thornton, who was two weeks shy of his 20th birthday at the time of the shooting, is being held without bail.