AMITE – A Hammond man faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Monday, May 20, in 21st Judicial District Court, according to District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.
Judge Jeffery Johnson will sentence Hulus Doughty following his conviction in November of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Gerrell Lee Jr., 20.
On the morning of Feb. 9, 2016, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies to a shooting at Rufus Bankston Road and Wardline Road in Hammond.
Deputies found a red 2002 Ford Explorer with the rear window shot out and Lee in the front passenger seat with a gunshot wound to the head.
Lee’s father said he had just picked up his son from an apartment complex when someone shot into his vehicle.
Two days later, detectives learned a person standing near the Edgewood Apartments may have fired a single shot.
Surveillance footage at Quick’s Grocery showed a person came from between two apartment buildings and raised a black object that looked like a gun.
Detectives searched the area and found a .380 shell casing and a live unfired round suspected to be a 9 mm bullet.
On Feb 13, 2016, detectives executed a search warrant at the apartments at the unit occupied by James Andrews.
Detectives found a box of .380 ammunition behind an air duct vent.
Andrews was later charged and convicted of conspiring to kill Lee.
According to a witness statement, Doughty and Andrews saw Lee outside of the apartment complex and Doughty removed a small black handgun from his pants pocket and had Andrews load the gun.
Both Doughty and Andrews exited the apartment, and a few moments later, a gunshot was heard.
Doughty was arrested for second-degree murder.