Dexter Allen pleaded not guilty Friday to the April slaying of a man and his son in their Metairie home.
Allen, who is accused along with Haraquon Degruy in the killings of David Pence and his 25-year-old son Nicholas, appeared before 24th Judicial District Court Magistrate Paul Schneider on Friday and was ordered held in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.
Allen, 17, is being held without bond until Oct. 9, when he has a hearing.
Degruy, 18, had a hearing scheduled that was continued to October.
She and Allen are accused of carrying out an April 22 crime spree that began with burglarizing cars and ended in the Pences’ fatal shootings in their home in the 3700 block of Clifford Drive.
Police say Allen entered the house through an open side door just before midnight on the night of the killings and shot the elder Pence in the neck, chest and leg as he sat in his chair. Then, Allen shot Pence’s son in the face and head, police said.
David Pence’s wife, Elizabeth, came into the living room after hearing a noise and found her husband and son dead.
Degruy and Allen later led police on a chase in the white Toyota Highlander that was seen casing the Pence’s neighborhood shortly before the shootings. Allen briefly fled authorities by jumping off a bridge in New Orleans but was arrested shortly after.