Hearing date set for man accused of killing woman, unborn child
BATON ROUGE - A motions hearing has been set for a former school administrator accused of killing a pregnant woman in 2016.
Robert Marks originally faced charges of aggravated kidnapping and child desertion. The charges were upgraded to first-degree murder and first-degree feticide after 40-year-old Lyntell Washington's body was found.
Marks was first put behind bars after Washington's 3-year-old child was found wandering alone in a parking lot close to where Washington's vehicle was found with blood inside. After the child was found, active search parties were dispatched to attempt to track down Washington, who remained missing until her body was found in a sugar cane field by workers.
Marks and Washington both worked at Brookstown Middle in Baton Rouge. Marks was the vice principal and Washington was a teacher. Investigators believe the two had a secret sexual relationship and Marks killed Washington to keep it quiet since she became pregnant.
In court Thursday, a public defender was appointed to Marks. According to the judge, Marks' former attorney Lionel Burns had missed several court hearings.
The attorney said he didn't know Marks was scheduled to be in court Thursday morning. Burns said he's currently suspended from the Louisiana State Bar Association for an unrelated matter.
Marks' next motions hearing is scheduled for January 31, 2019.