A fight Friday night over a man’s plans to go out with his friends ended when his girlfriend stabbed him with a kitchen knife, killing him, said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Jonqualya Benton, 20, was booked into the Ascension Parish Prison early Saturday morning on a count of manslaughter in the stabbing death of Deshad Perry, 21.
The couple’s 1-year-old child, who was in the home at 18186 Pinehurst St., Prairieville, when the stabbing happened, is being cared for by relatives, Webre said.
He said the couple’s Friday evening began when Perry came home disappointed at an unsuccessful attempt earlier in the day to get a job.
Benton had plans to go out with her girlfriends that night, but Perry asked her to stay home with him, and she agreed.
When Perry’s parents called later, offering to take everyone out to dinner, Perry chose to stay home while Benton, the couple’s baby and Perry’s sister, who was visiting the couple that night, went to eat with his parents at a Baton Rouge restaurant, Webre said.
When they returned, Perry was asleep in the upstairs master bedroom where Benton, Perry’s sister, and the couple’s baby congregated to watch TV.
Then, Webre said, “He gets a phone call from a couple of his friends, who asked, ‘Want to go out?’ ”
Perry did, Webre said, sparking anger from Benton, which is when the fight between the couple began.
It went from verbal to physical, Webre said. Perry’s sister broke up the fight.
“They end up downstairs. All of them are in the kitchen,” Webre said.
With Perry still making plans to leave the house, a second fight broke out between the couple and Perry’s sister broke it up again, Webre said. His sister asked Perry to go to their parents’ house instead of out with his friends.
Moments after that, Webre said, Benton pulled a knife out of a butcher block and stabbed Perry once in the chest, severing an artery.
“Right when it happened, she said ‘Oh my God, I’m sorry,’ and put a towel on the wound,” according to the detective’s report.
Benton and Perry’s sister drove him to Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, and he was transferred to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Webre said.
In the meantime, deputies had been dispatched about midnight Friday to the townhouse over reports of screaming coming from the home. But by the time they got there, Benton and Perry’s sister had already left to take Perry to the hospital.
While at the townhouse, deputies found marijuana and two assault rifles, Webre said.
Benton later told detectives that the guns and the marijuana belonged to her.
The Sheriff’s Office had been called to the couple’s home in September 2014 for a domestic incident and Perry was arrested on a felony count of domestic abuse battery, Webre said.
A few days after Perry’s arrest last year, Benton dropped her complaint, Webre said.
In addition to the manslaughter count, Benton was booked on possession of marijuana and the illegal carrying of a weapon while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, according to Sheriff’s Office records.
Bail for Benton had not been set as of late Monday afternoon.
Perry’s killing marked the third domestic incident that ended with someone dead in a seven-day period.
On Sept. 26, a deputy shot and killed a Baton Rouge man allegedly caught stabbing his significant other inside the couple’s home.
On Sept. 29, a Denham Springs man allegedly stabbed his on-again, off-again girlfriend to death in her front yard.