DA to seek death penalty for man accused of killing 4 in brutal Terrytown hammer attack

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Terrance Leonard

GRETNA – The man accused of murdering four people in a brutal hammer attack in Terrytown earlier this year will face the death penalty.

A grand jury has indicted 33-year-old Terrance L. Leonard on four counts of first-degree murder for the March 6 incident.

“After consulting with my staff and receiving input from the victims’ families, I have decided that my office will seek the death penalty,” Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick said.

The attack left Leonard’s girlfriend, 32-year-old Kristina Riley, her 14-year-old daughter, 10-year-old son, and 9-year-old niece dead.

Riley’s 12-year-old daughter survived the attack.

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