Suspect Arrested in 2004 Murder of Louisiana Teen

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Nearly two decades after 19-year-old Courtney Coco was found dead in an abandoned building in Texas, 200 miles from her Louisiana home, an arrest has been made.

David Anthony Burns, 43, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder on Tuesday.

In early October 2004, Coco’s decomposed body was found in Winnie, Texas. She had last been seen alive just two days earlier by her mother. Her 1999 Pontiac Bonneville was located in Houston, Texas, a week later with her belongings inside.

Although detectives were unable to determine her cause of death, they ruled the case as a homicide.

According to an indictment, Burns killed Coco during a robbery gone wrong. The indictment states that the murder took place during the “perpetration and attempted perpetration of a simple robbery … even though he had no specific intent to kill and inflict great bodily harm.”

Courtney is being remembered as a kind young woman who helped everyone she met. She had recently graduated from Alexandria Senior High School and was enrolled at Northwestern State University where she was planning to major in criminal investigation.

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