Prison Cell

SHREVEPORT, La. - A Shreveport teenager will be charged as an adult for her alleged role in a homicide.

Maakaya Simone Lee,17, is charged as a principal to second-degree murder.

The Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office announced plans to transfer the case to Caddo District Court, following a continued custody hearing in Caddo Juvenile Court Friday.

Lee's case will go the Caddo Parish grand jury for review with regard to her participation in the Aug. 7 slaying of 20-year-old Tyquarion Thomas.

The incident that led to Thomas' death began in the 8800 block of Coyth Lane and ended in the 500 block of Lynbrook Boulevard. Lee was in a car in front of a house on Coyth when Thomas ran out as a man chased and shot at him.

The shooter got into Lee's vehicle and she drove to Lynbrook, where the shooter fired more shots at Thomas, who lay dying on the ground. The shooter and Lee then left.

Lee can be tried as an adult under the Louisiana Children’s Code , which allows the district attorney to transfer juveniles 15 and older to district court. Her bond has been set at $225,000.

If indicted for second-degree murder, Lee faces a sentence of life in prison at hard labor without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

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