A Jefferson Parish magistrate commissioner found probable cause Tuesday to hold Haraquon Degruy as principal to second-degree murder in the slaying of a Metairie man and his son last month.

Degruy, 18, is being held in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. She and Dexter Allen, 17, are accused of an April 22 crime spree that began with burglarizing cars and ended in the shooting of David Pence and his 25-year-old son Nicholas in their home in the 3700 block of Clifford Drive.

Magistrate Commissioner Patricia Joyce in 24th Judicial District Court found probable cause to hold Degruy, who was arrested after she and Allen led police on a chase in the white Toyota Highlander that was seen casing the Pence’s neighborhood shortly before the shootings. Allen had fled by jumping off a bridge but was arrested shortly after.

Police say Allen entered an open side door of the Pence’s house just before midnight on April 22 and shot the elder Pence in the neck, chest and leg as he sat in his chair and then shot his son in the face and head.

David Pence’s wife, Elizabeth, came into the living room after hearing a noise and found her husband and son dead.

Allen is being held in Orleans Parish Prison in connection to the shooting of the Pences, along with on a raft of charges, including attempted second-degree murder, carjacking and criminal trespass, among others.

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