Suspect in Destrehan murder has been arrested
Bruce Bourgeois and Mia Waite
On Wednesday morning, Bourgeois Jr. is accused of stabbing his girlfriend, Mia Waite, to death in a home the two shared on Madewood Drive in Destrehan. Bourgeois also appears to have lured Mia's mother, Carmelina Waite, to the home by calling her and asking for a ride.
When Carmelina arrived, she was attacked and her throat was slashed, according to Olene Whiddon, Carmelina's sister.
Bourgeois allegedly fled in Carmelina's vehicle, while Carmelina ran to a neighbor's house to get help.
“She was an angel and went over there trying to help,” Whiddon said. “She has lost her daughter and is struggling for her life.”
Mia was discovered dead in her bathroom by St. Charles Parish Sheriff's deputies at 9:07 a.m. Carmelina is currently in ICU.
Whiddon said that Mia was a good mother who loved everyone.
“She didn’t deserve that…nobody deserves that," Whiddon said. "She loves her family. She was a loving daughter and she loved her family and kids.”
Bourgeois is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.
Bourgeois has a lengthy arrest record in St. Charles Parish.
In 1999, he pled guilty to second-degree battery and was sentenced to six months in jail. In 2004, he was arrested and charged with the unauthorized use of a vehicle and received probation.
Two years after that offense, Bourgeois was arrested for simple burglary, but the case was dropped at the request of the victim. In 2007, he was arrested and charged with domestic abuse battery and again received probation.
In 2009, Bourgeois pled guilty to the theft of a firearm and received a 10-year jail sentence. However, his sentence was suspended and he was instead given five years of probation.
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