Jury to deliberate in park murder case
BATON ROUGE - Testimony has ended in the trial of an East Feliciana Parish man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her 3-year-old son, and trying to kill two of her other children, including his own daughter.
Officials said closing arguments in the trial would begin this morning.
Dominique Smith is accused of killing Jessica Johnson Palmer and Juan Palmer Jr., and of slitting the throats of Robbyn Palmer and his daughter, Paige Johnson. Paige was 4 years old and Robbyn was 6 months old when they were left for dead in 2008.
Smith testified that he met with Palmer and her children at a Zachary park on May 4, 2008, but was not in the park where the bodies were found.