A fugitive inmate from Louisiana took an adjunct warden’s teenage step-daughter hostage before stabbing her to death as police tried to save her. The inmate was shot dead in a standoff.
Amanda Leigh Carney, 19, was murdered near the David Wade Correctional Center in Homer on Thursday afternoon by an inmate on the loose named Deltra Henderson.
The prison noticed that the 39-year-old inmate was reported missing at around 1:40 pm after he just up and left his work assignment.
Amanda, who is the step-daughter of assistant warden James Arnold, was unfortunately abducted by the inmate, Henderson.
Apparently the teenager was living on the grounds of the prison along with the rest of her family. She graduated from Summerfield High School in May and was set up to attend Southern Arkansas University in the coming weeks to go into the nursing program.
The girl’s mother, Andrea Bell, is also employed at the prison. Henderson had abducted Amanda, and thrown her in a car he had stolen from the prison grounds. Soon after he crashed the car in a remote area north of the prison and fled on foot.
Police are still investigating what exactly happened, but Amanda’s body was found in the wooded area near the crash site. Why Henderson stabbed her to death and when it exactly occurred is still under investigation.
Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office claimed that Henderson then stole another vehicle, but ended up crashing that one as well. Officers found Henderson trying to hideout in a mobile home that was still on prison property later in the afternoon and surrounded the building.
He had been at the prison since 2001 on convictions of attempted armed robbery, aggravated burglary and cocaine distribution.
He had a good time release date of March 28, 2025. Amanda’s high school is set to hold a vigil for her at some point next week.
‘There’s no words to express the sorrow in our hearts today, Summerfield High Principal Shane Lee said, according to KSLA. We lost one of our own. A young lady that we cherish. A lady that excelled in academics, athletics, and was a true role model to fellow classmates. Please be in prayer for the Summerfield School community, her family, and Claiborne Parish.’
A team of grief counselors were sent to the prison on Friday to give counseling to staff, relatives, and offenders following the ordeal.
James M. Le Blanc of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections gave a statement on the tragedy:
‘Our hearts hurt today as we grieve, and mourn the loss of one of our own. This is a dark day for the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this young lady, David Wade staff, and all those affected by this tragedy.
It’s difficult to put into words how any father or mother would feel if this was their daughter. There is nothing you can do to fix it.
The damage is done, and a young lady is killed for nothing. This is a complete tragedy.