Friends and relatives of a woman shot to death inside a New Orleans East apartment wailed in anguish, some collapsing to the ground, as her body was rolled into a waiting coroner’s van Friday morning.
Police said Delores Jones, an O. Perry Walker High School graduate who turned 25 last week, was the victim of a domestic dispute. They said she died at the hands of Jermal Holmes, who allegedly shot her once in the head.
Holmes, 27, was arrested a few hours later at West Jefferson Medical Center with the assistance of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
It was not immediately clear why Holmes went to the hospital. Police said he was not injured.
The shooting was reported about 9:30 a.m. at the Chateau d’Orleans apartment complex in the 14700 block of Chef Menteur Highway, said Officer Hilal Williams, a Police Department spokeswoman.
Investigators spent most of the morning examining Jones’ second-floor unit.
Police did not immediately release details about what might have led to the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation.
Jones’ relatives declined to speak to a reporter for The New Orleans Advocate at the scene but later told nola.com that Holmes, who has an address in Harvey, was her ex-boyfriend and had been stalking her.
A search of court records in Orleans and Jefferson parishes found no restraining or protective orders filed against Holmes.
He has previous arrests in both parishes for resisting an officer, battery on a police officer and drug charges, according to court records.
Holmes had not yet been booked into Orleans Parish Prison late Friday evening, according to a search of jail records.
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