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Records: Prison escapee on work assignment when he killed 19-year-old

Newly-obtained records reveal why an inmate was allowed to be near a prison employee's home - where his victim, Amanda Carney, lived.

CLAIBORNE PARISH, LA (KSLA) – It was a life full of promise, but just a little over a year ago, Amanda Carney’s life was taken during a violent prison escape at the David Wade Correctional Center in Claiborne Parish.

Twelve months later, prison officials and law enforcement are saying little about the brutal events that that took Amanda’s life. She was taken hostage and later killed by 39-year-old inmate Deltra Henderson, later died during an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement.

In 2001 Henderson was incarcerated for cocaine distribution and shooting two people, one in the face, another in the back, during an attempted armed robbery and aggravated burglary.

Sixteen years later court records in the wrongful death lawsuit claims Henderson was allowed to work unsupervised at a housing complex on prison grounds, where Amanda lived with her mom, a David Wade employee and her mom’s boyfriend an assistant prison warden.

To read the full text article from KSLA Chief Investigative Reporter Stacey Cameron, click here.