UPDATE: Teen abducted & killed in Claiborne Parish laid to rest

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UPDATE (7/31/17): Funeral services will be held today for the 18-year-old step-daughter of an assistant warden at David Wade Correctional Center, who was abducted and killed by a trustee at the prison last week.

The funeral for 18-year-old Amanda Leigh Carney will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 31 at Riles Funeral Home in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  Visitation for Amanda will start at 1 p.m. at Riles Funeral Home.

The burial will be in Green Lawn Gardens Cemetery in Vicksburg, MS.

Amanda was a 2017 graduate of the Summerfield High School in Summerfield, LA where she graduated with honors and was active in sports including the softball program.
She was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Amanda was currently enrolled in the nursing program at the Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas. She was a member of Cross Point Church.
Memorials in Amanda’s memory may be made to The Shriners Hospital for Children, 3100 Samford Ave in Shreveport, LA 71103.


UPDATE (12:00 P.M.): Two people are dead after a trustee left his assignment at Wade Correctional Center.

On July 27, 2017, at about 1:00 p.m., a trustee at the David Wade Correctional Center near Homer walked away from his work assignment.  The preliminary investigation revealed 39-year-old Deltra Henderson, a trustee at the prison, walked away from his assignment. It is believed he then stole a vehicle and abducted 19-year-old Amanda Carney.  Carney is the stepdaughter of an assistant warden at the prison.

A short time later, Henderson crashed the vehicle he had stolen in a remote area north of the prison.  Carney’s body was later found there. 

The trustee then made contact with another resident in the area and stole another vehicle before crashing it as well.  The trustee subsequently made entry into a nearby residence and located an unsecured firearm.  As prison guards closed in on the residence, a gunfight ensued and the trustee barricaded himself in the residence.

The Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bossier City Police Department, US Marshal’s Office Task Force and the Louisiana State Police SWAT Team established a perimeter and eventually made entry with assistance from the Bossier City Fire Department.  Henderson was found dead inside of the residence.

The investigation will be handled by the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations.


A fugitive who is believed to have killed a Claiborne Parish resident during this afternoon’s prison escape is dead following a standoff with law enforcement. The name of the murder victim is being withheld pending notification of family.

Department of Corrections officers, Louisiana State Police, and Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Deputies began a manhunt at 1:40 p.m., Thursday, after 39 year-old Deltra Henderson was determined missing from David Wade Correctional Center in Claiborne Parish. Officers determined Henderson had stolen a car after finding the wrecked vehicle not far from the prison complex.

Late this afternoon, officers discovered Henderson holed up in a home on prison property, not far from the wrecked vehicle, and surrounded the building. Authorities worked to capture Henderson peacefully, but he fired shots at officers, and they returned fire.

Henderson, a trusty at David Wade Correctional Center, had been locked up at the facility since June 4, 2001 for three different convictions. His sentences began a month earlier at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel on May 4, 2001.

·     Distribution of cocaine – 10 years concurrent

·     Attempted armed robbery – 30 years concurrent

·     Aggravated burglary – 30 years  concurrent

Henderson had a good time release date of March 28, 2025. 

Critical Incident Stress Management teams from Louisiana State Penitentiary and Elayn Hunt Correctional Center will be at David Wade Correctional Center Friday morning to provide counseling for employees and their family members. 

An investigation into this afternoon’s escape and murder is underway. More information concerning the escape will be released as it becomes available. 

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