Prostitute murder suspect served time for manslaughter
BATON ROUGE- A man arrested Monday for strangling a prostitute to death with shoe strings served 12 years for manslaughter after pleading guilty to strangling another woman to death in Livingston Parish in 1997.
Kevin Broadway is facing first-degree murder charges in the death of Kristin Granier. Granier's body was found, half-clothed, by the dumpster of a motel, a week and a half ago. Police say Granier was strangled with shoe strings that were still around her neck when she was found.
The affidavit for the arrest says Broadway's DNA was found on Granier, her clothes and the shoes around her neck. It also says he just finished 12 years in prison for manslaughter. Newspaper archives say in that case, Broadway strangled Tammy Smith in Livingston Parish with his hands in December 1997, then left her body in the home of his friend, while that friend was in jail.
He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in that case in 1999.
Archives also say two months before Smith was strangled, Broadway broke into a woman's home in Albany, strangled her until she passed out, then left the house. He was charged with aggravated burglary for that case.
Broadway told News 2 cameras he didn't kill anyone, and claims he didn't do anything similar in Livingston Parish.
Once authorities matched his DNA, they found him already in jail for a felony theft charge he was arrested on just days after Granier's body was found. He was also charged with a parole violation for that theft charge, tied to the manslaughter sentence.
He was still in the East Baton Rouge Parish jail as of news time Monday night.