St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office books teen with second degree murder after he fatally stabbed a Meraux man

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann said a 16-year-old male juvenile was booked with second-degree murder after he confessed to stabbing an 18-year-old Meraux man following an altercation involving the two of them and another 16-year-old teen. The second juvenile was booked with principal to second-degree murder in connection with the incident.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, Sheriff Pohlmann said, deputies responded to a call about a male lying on the ground covered in blood in the 2700 block of Maureen Lane in Meraux.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered the 18-year-old male victim, Justin Price, lying in a driveway of a residence, suffering from three stab wounds and bleeding heavily.

Price was transported to University Hospital where he later succumbed to his wounds.

Prior to being transported to the hospital, Price identified the two suspects who were apprehended by deputies a short time later. Once in custody, one of the 16-year-old juveniles confessed to stabbing Price.

Sheriff Pohlmann said no one else was injured during the altercation and this was an isolated incident between three acquaintances.

Both juveniles are being held in the St. Bernard Parish Juvenile Detention Center. Bond has not yet been set.

This is the first homicide in St. Bernard Parish in 2018.