LaPlace woman charged with murdering another woman with hot oil

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
March 13, 2018 - 6:53 am

Authorities have booked a suspect in St. John Parish Jail after a woman died from her injuries after being doused in hot oil.

"Stacey Williams Sylvester, 56, of LaPlace has been charged with murder after she threw hot oil on a woman that led to her death," the St. John Sheriff's office said in an online post. 

It stems from an attack on February 26, 2018.

"About 6:45 a.m. officers responded to the 1700 block of Creole Street in LaPlace in reference to an aggravated battery. Upon arrival, officers discovered the 50-year-old victim, identified as Alena Populis, severely burned on the face, left shoulder, and legs, sitting on the floor near the front door."

Cops say the victim told officers Sylvester, who was a friend of the woman, came to her home and attacked her with a pot of boiling cooking oil after arguing with the victim the night before. 

"A short time later, officers located Sylvester walking to her residence on Delta Road. Sylvester confessed to her involvement in the incident. The victim was transported by emergency medical services to a Baton Rouge burn unit for treatment. She succumbed to her injuries on March 5, 2018."

Sylvester was initially arrested for aggravated second degree battery on February 26. 

"As a result of the victim’s death, the charge was upgraded to second degree murder March 8. Sylvester is being held in custody in lieu of a $485,000 bond."

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