Suspect arrested 16 months after Norco murder

Victim was killed after fighting back against robber

April 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Connor Dennies
Connor Dennies
A suspect in the December 2012 murder of Norco resident Jay Bertucci was apprehended by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office today.

Connor Dennies, 18, of 5004 Jeanette Street in Metairie, was arrested and is being held on the charge of first-degree murder for the Dec. 12, 2012 shooting death of the 21-year-old Bertucci.

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Dennies last week after receiving information identifying him in connection with the shooting.

On the night of the crime, Bertucci was with two friends at his apartment located at 231 St. Charles Street in Norco when two males knocked on his door shortly before 11 p.m. looking to buy drugs. After being turned away, the two men returned moments later with a third man who was wearing a hoodie and whose face was covered, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.

The masked man allegedly threatened Bertucci with a gun and the two struggled before Bertucci was shot in the chest.

After the shooting, the three perpetrators reportedly fled on foot and Bertucci was later pronounced dead at the crime scene.

In their first press release on Dec. 17, 2012 the Sheriff’s Office identified all three perpetrators as black males.

Although Dennies has been arrested for the murder, it is unclear what his involvement may have been or if he had a personal relationship with Bertucci.

Dennies is currently being held in the Nelson Colman Correctional Center in Killona.

Anyone with any additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Joe Dewhirst at (985) 783-1135 or (985) 783-6807.

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