In a prepared statement read to the press at 4 p.m. today, Sheriff Keith Merritt said the perpetrator in the shooting death of sixth grade teacher Staci Lisenby is a 14-year-old juvenile.

Lisenby was shot in the back of her head at her home Sunday about 6 p.m. She and her 14-year-old son were the only occupants of the home at the time. The son called 9-1-1 and informed the dispatcher that an intruder had shot his mom.

Investigators began canvassing the neighborhood, speaking with neighbors and processing the crime scene. Merritt said there was no evidence of an intruder.

Beaumont Police K-9 unit responded with bloodhound which also turned up no evidence of an intruder fleeing the home.

Merritt said investigators continued to look for evidence and followed all leads gathered from the public.

“Based off of facts gathered during the investigation a search warrant was served this morning on the Lisenby home located at 2478 Oilla Road seeking evidence that the actor had discarded on the property,” said Merritt. “Found on the property was key evidence that confirms investigators’ beliefs that this was not a crime committed by a stranger. The suspect in this case is a juvenile and his identity cannot be released at the time.”

Merritt said investigators will be presenting the case to the District Attorney’s Office for review requesting that charge be filed on the 14 year old juvenile. No one has been arrested at this time.

Flanked by officers involved in the investigation; Merritt thanked RED Fish Rental , The City of Orange and Bridge City Volunteer Fire Department for their assistance with equipment needed to today’s search of the home. He also thanked all the surrounding law enforcement organizations that gave assistance during the investigation.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.