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Jacoby Senegal

Rayne man indicted for 2nd-degree murder

Senegal accused in 2017 shooting death

A Rayne man has been indicted in connection with the November, 2019, shooting death of a woman in rural Lafayette Parish.
Jacoby C. Senegal, 35, of Sellers Road, Rayne, was indicted Wednesday on one count of second-degree murder in the death of Billie Jo Michelle Touchet, 29, on Nov. 17, 2019.
Sellers Road is located southwest of the city of Rayne and west-northwest of Indian Bayou. It has a Rayne address.
Police reports indicate that the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the 800 block of Sellers Road at about 1:30 p.m. An initial report shows deputies responded to an attempted suicide where the victim “shot herself in the neck.”
She subsequently died of the gunshot wound.
On Dec. 3, Senegal was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting. The sheriff’s office at the time did not release any other details, including who the victim was or what led them to arrest Senegal.
Senegal has previously been charged in Lafayette Parish. In 2018, he pleaded guilty to monetary instrument abuse. He was sentenced to 18 months hard labor with credit for time served, according to court documents.
He pleaded guilty in 2006 to aggravated assault and pleaded guilty in 2007 to a disturbing the peace charge.
If convicted, Senegal faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without benefit of parole.
The grand jury also indicted two men in the January home invasion murder of Shenard Simmons, 33, in Duson.
A true bill was returned against Donta Demonie Francis, 36, of Scott, and Korel Francis, 18, of Lafayette. Both were arrested on Feb. 14 of this year and have been indicted on first-degree murder, aggravated burglary and armed robbery.
The two men allegedly entered a home on Bopamo Lane in Duson belonging to Simmons and Caylen Willis. During the Jan. 27 burglary, Simmons was shot and killed. Willis was not injured.
Also on Wednesday, a 28-year-old Duson woman was indicted on a charge of hit-and-run resulting in death.
Jada Juge, of the 4100 block of Oakland Road, faces one count of felony hit and run for her alleged role in the death of 45-year-old Jason Francis. Francis was hit near a North University Avenue convenience story.
Investigators believe Juge’s vehicle struck the victim and she failed to render aid.
Francis died as a result of his injuries.

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