Judge signs order to bury frozen fetus
LABADIEVILLE - A judge signed an order Monday to bury a fetus that's been frozen in an Assumption Parish evidence room for six years, despite requests that it be buried.
Judge Guy Holdridge signed the order after a series of reports by Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto about the status of the fetus and the victims' wait for closure.
The fetus was evidence in an aggravated rape case which led to the conviction of Leon Johnlouis. Judge Holdridge ordered the fetus not be buried for two years after the conviction in case Johnlouis appealed.
In 2012, the process began to give the fetus a pauper's burial. However, Holdridge would not sign off on it, according to Sheriff Mike Waguespack and District Attorney Ricky Babin.
The sheriff's office presented paperwork in July on the status of the fetus which said the judge would not sign off on its burial until "after the August election", which Waguespack said referred to the qualifying period for the fall election. Judge Holdridge ran unopposed as First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge and is scheduled to be sworn in next year.
Holdridge said in court Monday no paperwork to destroy the fetus had been filed with the clerk's office. The district attorney said the judge was presented with the paperwork, but refused to sign it.
Chris Nakamoto will have more on today's ruling coming up tonight on WBRZ.