Matthew Flugence, who is awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge in the 2013 killing of 6-year-old Ahlittia North, will go before a judge next week on charges stemming from an October scuffle with guards at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.
Flugence, 22, faces two counts of battery of a police officer and one count of resisting arrest, court records show.
According to an arrest report, Flugence was ordered back to his cell after an hour of recreation on Oct. 15 but refused to go and began pushing a Sheriff’s Office deputy. He then appeared to calm down, only to head-butt the deputy in the back, the report says. A second deputy arrived and handcuffed him.
Flugence has pleaded not guilty to the new charges and has a status hearing scheduled Monday before 24th Judicial District Court Judge Adrian Adams.
The same judge will preside over Flugence’s trial in the killing of the 6-year-old girl, whose body was found in a garbage can on Destrehan Avenue in the Woodmere subdivision of Harvey on June 16, 2013, three days after she was abducted from her nearby home. She had been raped and stabbed to death.
Flugence’s indictment the following November marked the first time in eight years that Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office pursued the death penalty against a defendant. It remains the only capital murder case pending in the parish.
Flugence is also charged with aggravated rape of a victim younger than 13 and unauthorized entry. No trial date has been set.
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