Harvey man’s charge upgraded to second-degree murder in 2014 shooting of girlfriend _lowres

Eric Alexander

A Jefferson Parish grand jury has indicted Eric Alexander, 21, on a charge of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Ayesha Majeed in Harvey. He previously was charged with manslaughter, a lesser offense.

Majeed was found dead in the early morning of Feb. 1 after deputies responded to a call from a homeowner in the 3700 block of Clover Lane who said it sounded like someone was trying to break into the house.

When police arrived, they found Majeed’s body on the front doorstep. She had been shot twice, and there was broken glass from the front door all over the porch.

Majeed didn’t live in the house — she had been staying in Marrero at the time — but Alexander lived nearby on Sweet Gum Drive, and friends said the two had been dating for about two months.

Three days later, Alexander surrendered to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Despite being described as “slow” by his mother, Alexander was found competent to stand trial on the manslaughter charge.

Alexander’s mother told attorneys he had been diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder and had trouble keeping up with conversations. His attorney at the time told the court that she sometimes had trouble communicating with him.

Court-appointed doctors found in September that Alexander was not able to assist in his defense, and he was sent to the state mental hospital in East Feliciana Parish. A month later, he was discharged and deemed competent to stand trial.

The victim’s family members said they had no idea what could have led to Majeed’s killing.

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