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Death penalty sought for 4 of 5 accused murderers

2 years ago December 18, 2012 Dec 18, 2012 Tuesday, December 18 2012 Tuesday, December 18, 2012 3:24:34 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ

GONZALES- Prosecutors in Ascension Parish are seeking the death penalty against four of the five men arrested and charged in a triple murder in Gonzales this year.

In court, prosecutors stated the death penalty would be sought against Michael Aikens, Rolondo Stewart, Travis Moore and Bernard James.  Devon James is not facing the death penalty for his alleged part in the crime.

Irwin and Shirley Marchand were found inside their home with their throats slashed.  Her son, Doug Dooley also had his throat slashed.  Irwin Marchand and Doug Dooley died at the scene.  Shirley Marchand clung to life for a while longer, but also died.

"I just want whatever to happen to them what happened to my husband, my mother-in-law, father-in-law," Dooley's widow said.  "If that means they die, they die and I have no pity.  No pity or sorrow."

In court, prosecutors went over more than 40 different motions filed by the defense lawyers representing the five men. 

"Is there ever is going to be justice when I have to go look at a tombstone and speak to my husband," Dooley's widow asked.  "These people can come to the courtroom and speak to the people who did this.  Is that justice?"

After the hearing, nearly a dozen attorneys converged on the Marchand home.  They were seen in the yard taking pictures and video.  None of the attorneys we spoke to wanted to go on camera, but they did tell us the site visit will help them defend their clients.

Meanwhile, family members are turning to their faith to get them through the heartache they feel.

"Ill tell you where i have turned to," Dooley's widow said.  "I've turned to God and I'm putting it in his hands.  Whatever decision will be made will be made by him," she said.

All of the suspects are due back in court in February.

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