Fatal shooting reported in Prairieville, suspect taken into custody

Staff Report

An elderly man suspected of fatally shooting his wife in Prairieville was taken into custody, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to the shooting on John Broussard Road, which is north of Hwy. 42 in Prairieville, around 1:35 p.m. March 30.

Marvin Stephens, 83, was arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail near Donaldsonville.

Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office

According to online records, he was charged with second degree murder and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities. Total bond was set at $85,000.

Deputies reported the woman, identified as Patricia Stephens, suffered a single gunshot wound and was transported by helicopter to a hospital, where she later died.

According to news reports, investigators were told the suspect has been diagnosed with dementia.

APSO has not released further details on what may have led to the fatal shooting.