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UPDATE: High rise murder

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It was on the 7th floor of the Chateau du Lac apartment complex where Lake Charles Police found the body of a murder victim.  Around 8 o'clock Monday morning is when officers received the phone call.

Detective Jeff Keenum says, "It's just an unfortunate travesty that happened at this apartment complex."

The murder victim, identified as 26-year-old Theresa Latrice Green of Lake Charles, sustained multiple stab wounds.  33-year-old Deon Granger was arrested.  According to public record, he has no criminal history in Calcasieu parish, but has a lengthy criminal history in Lafayette Parish.  The Lafayette Sheriff's Department tells 7News Granger has been arrested there for several things, including possession of cocaine, fighting a police officer, and carrying a concealed weapon.  Granger also has two warrants in Lafayette Parish for failure to appear in court, one of which was for back child support.

The murder, which is the first in Lake Charles for 2009 and the second that has happened at the complex in the past 5 years, has some residents concerned for their safety while others say they're not.

Janice Hadnot says, "By this second murder happening here, I'm gone.  I have to find somewhere else to go because I'm not going to stay where I don't feel safe."

However Betty Ford says, "We have a lot of fun here and this is a rare happening."

The Chateau's management confirmed Granger was a resident of the high rise and that Green was his guest.  There's no official word as to what drove Granger to stab Green several times.  Meanwhile, relatives of Green claim she was several months pregnant.  Lake Charles Police Detective Jeff Keenum says he's unaware of this.

Keenum says, "That's the first I've heard of any of that, but should that be true we will certainly present additional charges to the District Attorney's Office."

Deon Granger is currently facing a charge of 2nd degree murder.  His bond has been set at half a million dollars.

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