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Death penalty sought in officer's shooting

3 years 9 months 3 weeks ago August 02, 2013 Aug 2, 2013 Friday, August 02 2013 August 02, 2013 7:48 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

FRANKLIN - Prosecutors in St. Mary Parish will seek the death penalty against a Charenton man indicted in the deaths earlier this year of a neighbor and a Chitimacha Tribal Police officer.

The announcement came as 48-year-old Wilbert Thibodeaux changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity in the fatal shooting of 78-year-old Eddie Lyons and Sgt. Rick Riggenbach in January.

Thibodeaux was indicted in March on two counts of first-degree murder and initially pleaded not guilty. He was also charged with wounding two St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office deputies and setting Lyons' mobile home on fire.

Defense attorney Craig Colwart said District Judge Keith Comeaux gave the public defender's office until Oct. 1 to file a motion for a sanity hearing.

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