A woman accused of throwing her tender-age sons into Cross Lake two years ago, killing her 10-month-old and injuring his older brother, was found guilty in Caddo District Court Wednesday, September 13, 2023. The trial began Monday.
Ureka Rochelle Black, 34, served as her own advocate in the trial before District Judge Donald E, Hathaway Jr. Public Defender Elizabeth Gibson served as her stand-by counsel.
The three-man, nine-woman jury deliberated around two hours before returning its unanimous verdicts.
Black threw her son Joshua into Cross Lake September 24, 2021, and also threw her older son Elijah, then 5, into the lake as well. Joshua drowned, but first responders were able to rescue the older child. He identified his mother as their assailant, and she was apprehended at a rest stop in Texas near the Louisiana border.
Black faces a mandatory life term in prison when she returns to Judge Hathaway’s court September 28, 2023 for sentencing.
Black was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Jason Waltman, Christopher Bowman and Kendra Joseph.
The case was docket No. 385368.