Man accused in Metairie double murder faces second obscenity charge for actions in jail _lowres

Dexter Allen (New Orleans Police Department)

A New Orleans teen charged in the April murders of a father and son in their Metairie home was rebooked late last week on an accusation that he was masturbating in his Jefferson Parish jail cell while looking at a guard.

The parish Sheriff’s Office on Friday booked Dexter Allen, 17, on one count of obscenity, which is punishable by between six months and three years in prison as well as with a fine of between $1,500 and $2,500.

Allen is in jail awaiting trial on two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 56-year-old David Pence and 25-year-old Nicholas Pence, who were fatally shot just before midnight April 22 in the living room of their Whitney Heights neighborhood home during a break-in. On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office said in a report, Allen was gazing at a guard while stroking his penis until he complied with an order to stop.

The exposure of one’s genitals in jail in a manner “that is patently offensive” qualifies as obscenity under Louisiana law.

Allen and a co-defendant, 18-year-old Haraquon Degruy, were in court on the double murder case Monday, but the hearing was reset for Nov. 17. Both defendants have pleaded not guilty in the case.

Degruy is due in court Wednesday for a sanity hearing after her attorney, public defender Renee Bourg, filed a motion saying the defendant’s mother indicated that Degruy was “diagnosed as mentally disabled” when she was 13. The motion asserted that Degruy was placed on suicide watch when she was first jailed following the Pences’ murders, and it said the defendant’s “behavior with counsel suggests mood swings and shifts in comprehension.”

Police allege that Allen killed David and Nicholas Pence with a 12-gauge shotgun in their home on Clifford Drive while he and Degruy were on a car-burglary spree. Allen and Degruy were arrested in New Orleans East within a couple of days of the killings after leading police on a chase in a stolen sport-utility vehicle.

Aside from his criminal charges in Jefferson, Allen faces additional ones in New Orleans that are not directly related to the murders of the Pences.

Allen and Degruy each face a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted as charged of their roles in the murders of the Pences.