New charge lodged against LA Tech attack suspect

Jacoby Johnson

A charge of second degree murder has been lodged against Jacoby L. Johnson, 23, the Louisiana Tech student being held for the stabbing attack of four women on the school’s Ruston campus Monday morning.

Johnson was arrested on the new charge of about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night by a Louisiana Tech Police investigator. The new charge follows the death of Annie Richardson who passed away in a Shreveport hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Richardson was one of four women who allegedly suffered stab wounds from a pocket knife wielded by Johnson.

A bloody knife was recovered just minutes after the attack when a Tech patrol officer spotted Johnson and arrested him walking near the Tech baseball stadium. He was booked Monday on four counts of attempted second degree murder.

According to Tech Police, Johnson first pursued another student who fled out the east door of the intramural center. After the student ran away, Johnson allegedly turned his attention on a new target, the four women.

Louisiana law defines second degree murder as “the killing of a human being when the offender has a specific intent to kill or to inflict great bodily harm.”  Upon conviction, the law provides for a mandatory sentence of life in prison, without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.