Jimeelah Crockett

A Baton Rouge woman was charged Wednesday in the Aug. 20 killing of her boyfriend in the parking lot of the Ardendale Oaks Apartment Complex where they lived.

Jimeelah Crockett, 26, of 2136 N. Lobdell Blvd., was indicted on a second-degree murder count in the slaying of 38-year-old Joseph Bunch III.

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The shooting was captured on the apartment complex's surveillance video, which was retrieved by detectives.

The video shows Bunch walking over to Crockett, holding up what appears to be a piece of paper. Soon after, Bunch is seen backing away from Crockett with his hands up, an arrest report says. Crockett is seen putting a gun up to Bunch. When he turns around to walk away, Crockett fires a shot, the report states.

Bunch was shot in his back left shoulder, according to the report.

Crockett told police after the shooting, but before they had seen the video, that she shot Bunch because she was in fear of her life, the report says.

Crockett faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. The case has been assigned to state District Judge Bonnie Jackson.


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