Minden woman arrested on first-degree murder charge

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BOSSIER PARISH — A Minden woman was arrested for murdering her son and attempting to murder another woman Saturday night while riding in a vehicle on Interstate 20, according to police.

Dora Blake
Dora Blake

Dora Blake, 47, of the 400 block of Woodard Street is charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder after police say she shot two people in the vehicle she was traveling in.

She was booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility on a $1 million bond Sunday.

Bossier patrol deputies responded to a crash around 10:20 p.m. Saturday and found a 2014 Nissan Sentra crashed into trees near the 36-mile marker on I-20.

Police say Blake told witnesses on the scene that she had been kidnapped and that she shot the two other people in the car.

Detectives found 22-year-old Patrick Hollingsworth (who also goes by Patrick Watkins), dead in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police say Hollingsworth is Blake’s son.

A female passenger was also found in the front seat with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. She was taken to University Health hospital in Shreveport with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say the three were traveling eastbound on I-20 after visiting a casino in Bossier City, heading back to Jonesboro or Minden. The trio was reportedly out celebrating Blake’s birthday, which is Sunday, Nov. 22. Police say for unknown reasons, Blake took out a handgun that was in the vehicle and shot the two in the front seat.

Blake was taken to the hospital for a medical observation following the crash. She was later arrested on the murder charges.

Detectives say Blake was highly intoxicated.

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