Sentencing in Weldon case set Oct. 22

Billie Jo Weldon (Source: BPSO)
Billie Jo Weldon (Source: BPSO)

DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) - Billie Joe Weldon was found guilty of manslaughter late Friday by a jury in 36th Judicial District Court, according to Beauregard Parish court officials.

Sentencing is set next month.

Weldon, of Pitkin, was accused in the 2009 slaying of Kimberly Ann Stephens in DeRidder.

Stephens' body was found in August 2009 off Granberry Road near U.S. 171 in the Pleasant Hill community. The Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office determined that Stephens, 27, died of head trauma.

Court officials say the jury voted 10-2 for the manslaughter conviction.

A sentencing hearing is set at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 11. Sentencing in the case is slated at 10 a.m. on Oct. 22.

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