14-year-old girl pleads guilty to manslaughter

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(3/16/19) A Shreveport teenager pleaded guilty to manslaughter early Saturday, March 16, 2019, just as her trial on second-degree murder was about to begin its second day.

Emily Compton, 14, pleaded guilty before Juvenile Judge Ree-Casey Jones in Caddo Juvenile Court to the December 2018 slaying of Tawfik Gawbah. 

The trial began Wednesday, March 13, 2019, going late into the night, and was reset to resume March 16, 2019.

Compton, who was 13 at the time of the murder, and her 20-year-old sister, Sarah Ritter, were arrested Dec. 6, 2018, and charged with 2nd degree murder in Gawbah’s death. Ritter is being held without bond at Caddo Correctional Center.

Gawbah’s badly burned body was found Dec. 1, 2018 by firefighters dispatched to the 3100 block of Murphy Street at Alabama Avenue after reports of a brush fire. When firefighters located Gwbah’s burned remains, they summoned authorities. 

After Gawbah was determined to be the victim, police arrested Ritter and her little sister in connection with the slaying. 

Gawbah was killed the night of November 30, 2018 in Sarah Ritter’s Penick Street apartment. His body then was taken to Murphy and Alabama and set on fire.

Prosecutors were First Assistant District Attorney Laura Fulco and Assistant District Attorney David Newell. Sarah Smith represented Emily Compton.

Compton faces a maximum penalty of juvenile life, with incarceration until her 21st birthday. Her sentencing is set for April 18, 2019.

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