St James authorities investigate murder-attempted suicide

ST. JAMES, La. (AP) — A woman is dead and a man is hospitalized after an apparent murder-attempted suicide in St. James Parish.

Sheriff Willy Martin says it happened about 4:30 p.m. Thursday at a home in the Town of St. James.

He said Friday that the man, identified as 22-year-old Ramon Butler, shot 18-year-old Diamond Philip several times, killing her. Butler then shot himself in the head and is listed in critical condition at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

Martin tells The Advocate ( it appears the pair had been in a relationship but may have been estranged at the time of the shooting.


Information from: The Advocate,


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