A Jefferson Parish grand jury has indicted Adam Littleton for second-degree murder in the death of Jasilas Wright, the 19-year-old woman whose body parts were found strewn along Interstate 10 in Metairie in June.
Wright, a Bourbon Street dancer, died of blunt-force trauma; pieces of her body were found spread over 800 yards of the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 between the Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Power Boulevard exits.
Wright’s relatives told investigators that they spoke to Littleton after Wright disappeared and that he said he let her out of the car on the interstate after an argument. Moments later, they said, he told them she jumped from the car while it was moving.
According to court documents, however, prosecutors believe Littleton struck Wright with his car and fled.
Wright’s coworkers told The New Orleans Advocate in the days after her death that Littleton had acted as Wright’s pimp, an allegation Littleton’s attorney has denied. The two were seen arguing as they left the club where she worked on the night she died.
Littleton, 24, was charged with manslaughter through a bill of information by Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office in December, though Thursday’s grand jury indictment supersedes that.
In August, Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro decided not to prosecute Littleton for kidnapping Wright.
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