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2 teens accused of killing Metairie man, 56, and son, 25

2 teens accused of killing Metairie man, 56, and son, 25

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Two teens have been arrested in the shooting deaths of a Metairie man and his son, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand announced Sunday.

Dexter Allen, 17, is accused of shooting 56-year-old David Pence and 25-year-old Nicholas Pence, and Haraquon DeGruy, 18, allegedly drove the getaway car.

Allen has been booked as an adult with two counts of first-degree murder and DeGruy was booked with accessory after the fact.

Both were arrested Friday after a chase that began when they got into a white SUV matching one shown on surveillance video from neighbors' homes late Wednesday, when the Pences were killed, Normand said.

The coroner has said both victims were shot at close range with a shotgun — David Pence in the head, abdomen and leg, and Nicholas Pence in the face and chest.

Normand said police believe the pair saw Pence's open garage door as they drove around the neighborhood. Allen allegedly grabbed a shotgun and got out of the car intending to commit an armed robbery while DeGruy circled the block, the sheriff said.

He allegedly walked in through an unlocked side door and stole various items from the house, but investigators don't know why the Pences were killed, Normand said.

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