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Louisiana woman found dead of stab wounds

July 31, 2018

SLIDELL, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman has been found stabbed to death in her home and her niece has been arrested in connection to the alleged crime.

Slidell Police say officers conducted a welfare check Monday and found a woman with multiple injuries and her car missing from her home.

St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston on Tuesday identified the victim as 65-year-old Dianne Bercy. Preston ruled the manner of death to be a homicide and the cause to be from multiple stab wounds.

Investigators identified a person of interest in the case as 39-year-old Kenya Despenza, the victim’s niece.

Despenza was found with Bercy’s car and faces a theft charge and an unrelated failure to appear attachment.

No arrest has been made in reference to the homicide.

The investigation is ongoing.

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