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  • Two arrested for family shooting

    March 24, 2015 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities made two arrests in Lafayette and East Baton Rouge Parish recently in connection with the shooting of a teen and her stepfather earlier this month in Baton Rouge. Police accused Quintin Thomas of shooting and killing 18-year-old Idalis Smith and injuring her 34-year-old stepfather. They... more »
  • Husband, wife found dead in Slidell in apparent murder-suicide

    March 13, 2015 2:09 AM

    SLIDELL - A husband and wife were found dead inside their Slidell area home in what appears to be a murder-suicide. The St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office on Thursday identified the victims as 59-year-old Thomas Franklin and 57-year-old Debra Franklin. The parish coroner, Dr. Charles Preston, says both died of... more »
  • $7,000 reward offered in black bear death

    December 24, 2014 3:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A $7,000 reward is available for information leading to whoever's responsible for the illegal killing of a black bear found in Avoyelles Parish. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Operation Game Thief program and its foundation are contributing $2,000 while The Humane Society of the United... more »
  • 30-year-old cold case solved

    December 22, 2014 7:48 PM

    TOLEDO, OHIO- A 30-year-old cold case of murder is solved with a man pleading guilty to beating, raping and nearly decapitating a woman. Andrew Gustafson admitted to involuntary manslaughter and rape charges and he got 15-years in prison. He is from Michigan and at one time lived outside Toledo,... more »
  • Indicting a police officer is uncommon occurrence

    December 6, 2014 10:27 AM

    NEW YORK - At least 400 people are killed by police in the United States every year, but even when those deaths prompt public outrage, grand juries almost always decide that the officer hasn't committed a crime. But there are exceptions. Successful prosecutions generally involve officers who have lied about... more »
  • Former Navy Seal takes credit for Bin Laden killing

    November 7, 2014 3:06 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Some special operations service members and veterans are unhappy that one of their own has taken credit publicly for killing Osama bin Laden. Others say they have gotten used to the idea that their brethren might break the code of silence and seek to profit from their... more »
  • Sheriff vows justice after murder of 7-year-old Play Video

    September 16, 2014 10:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities renewed an effort to try and find the killer of a seven-year-old boy. Terrez Coleman was murdered in a drive-by-shooting in August while he was riding in the car with his family on Prescott Road near Joor. A bullet from a passing car pierced his family's... more »
  • US says Sotloff beheading video is authentic Play Video

    September 3, 2014 3:44 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says it has determined that a video showing the brutal killing of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff is authentic. Islamic State extremists released the video showing Sotloff's beheading on Tuesday. It comes two weeks after the militants released a video showing the killing of James... more »
  • Religious leaders plea for an end to violence Play Video

    August 20, 2014 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The senseless death of 7-year-old Terrez Coleman has his family begging for justice, and religious leaders calling for criminals to stop killing. They say the entire community needs to come together to stop this type of violence. "Only a holistic response, will have any hope of... more »
  • DA won't seek prison time for Hernandez cousin

    August 11, 2014 8:15 AM

    FALL RIVER, MA - Massachusetts prosecutors are recommending probation and home confinement instead of prison time for a cousin of ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez who is charged with contempt and has said she is dying from cancer. Prosecutors said in a Friday filing they are seeking two years'... more »
  • Pistorius trial hears testimony about screams

    July 1, 2014 3:47 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - Testimony in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is focusing on the screams that neighbors heard on the night that the athlete killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel on Tuesday questioned an acoustics expert who had been called by the defense team as part... more »
  • Man convicted of killing 2; bodies found in trunk

    June 28, 2014 12:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man has been convicted in the 2011 drug-related slaying of a woman and her boyfriend. 33-year-old Patrick James Ramirez will face a mandatory term of life in prison when state District Judge Mike Erwin sentences him July 17. Jaydee Wright said Friday his sister,... more »
  • Baton Rouge man found guilty of killing unborn child

    June 27, 2014 2:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge jury has found a man guilty of second-degree murder for the death of his unborn child. Frank Atkins shot his estranged wife Kayla in June of 2012. Kayla was four months pregnant, the baby did not survive. Sentencing is set for October... more »
  • Hernandez due in court to seek dismissal of charge

    June 16, 2014 6:33 AM

    FALL RIVER, MA - Lawyers for former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez are expected to ask a judge to dismiss the murder charge he faces in connection with last June's execution-style killing of Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough. Hernandez is also scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges that... more »
  • Walker man arrested for death of infant

    May 15, 2014 3:25 PM

    WALKER- A man in Walker accused of killing his 4 week-old infant daughter, is now behind bars. Detectives arrested Franklin Finney after he admitted to covering the baby's mouth to stop her from crying. Finney says he did not realize the baby was no longer breathing until the baby's... more »
  • Bee experts say pesticides are killing their buzz Play Video

    May 6, 2014 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Scientists say people are killing off bees and other pollinators by using pesticides improperly. Milou Barry of Bocage Bee & Honey Co. says beekeepers have seen as much as a 20 percent drop in bee numbers since 2008. They've either disappeared or have not returned to... more »
  • Neighbor of Pistorius testifies at murder trial

    May 6, 2014 3:21 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - A man who lives next to the house where Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend has testified at the athlete's murder trial about the night of the killing, saying he heard a man crying loudly and that he called the security of the housing estate for... more »
  • 6-year-old boy in drowning case against mom dies

    April 5, 2014 5:10 PM

    PITTSBURGH - A 6-year-old Pennsylvania boy whose mother allegedly held him underwater in a bathtub has died, four days after his younger brother drowned. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Officer on Saturday confirmed the death of Daniel Schlemmer. His mother, 40-year-old Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, had been arrested earlier this week... more »
  • Army says alleged shooter saw no combat in Iraq

    April 3, 2014 7:05 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Army's top civilian official says the soldier accused in the Fort Hood shooting this week was deployed for the final months of the Iraq war but did not see combat. Three people died and 16 were wounded before the shooter committed suicide. Army Secretary John McHugh testified... more »
  • Mom, 2 toddlers fatally stabbed in NYC; dad sought

    January 20, 2014 1:56 PM

    NEW YORK- Police investigating the stabbing deaths of a mother and her two young children in New York City say the children's father is a suspect and they're looking for him. Police said Monday dad Miguel Mejia-Ramos is known to drive a white 2001 Chevrolet commercial van and a white... more »
  • Alabama football party shooting

    December 3, 2013 10:46 AM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- A woman charged with shooting and killing a fellow Alabama football fan moments after the Iron Bowl has been released from jail. Shelby County jail records show 28-year-old Adrian Laroze Briskey of Birmingham is out on $75,000 bond. Briskey is charged with murder in the killing of 36-year-old... more »
  • Man jailed for shooting, killing father

    November 8, 2013 2:16 PM

    LULING - A 20-year-old Luling man is now behind bars after being accuse of shooting and killing his father during an argument. St. Charles Parish sheriff's investigators say Stanley Robinson Jr. was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Stanley Robinson Sr. A woman,... more »
  • Slain guard's brother wants "Angola 3" in prison forever Play Video

    October 21, 2013 9:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The brother of security guard Brent Miller, stabbed to death at the state penitentiary, says his killers should stay in prison. Two of the "Angola 3," Herman Wallace and Robert King have been released for the death of Miller in 1972. Wallace died of cancer in... more »
  • 3rd suspect in killing of toddler arrested in La.

    July 28, 2013 7:24 PM

    BALTIMORE, MD - Baltimore police say they have arrested a third suspect in the murder of a 1-year-old baby after an investigation that led to Louisiana. Police say 22-year-old Rashid Mayo was arrested Saturday on the campus of Grambling University in Louisiana. Mayo was wanted for first-degree murder in the... more »
  • Letter allegedly describes teen killing parents

    July 27, 2013 11:19 PM

    MONROE - Authorities hope a graphic jailhouse letter will convince a judge to keep a teenager incarcerated in the shooting deaths of his parents. The letter attributed to Dalton L. Fletcher says he regretted not causing greater suffering in the September 2010 shooting deaths of his parents at their home... more »
  • US soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre

    June 5, 2013 11:24 AM

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The American soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages last year has pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales entered the plea Wednesday in a military courtroom to multiple counts of premeditated murder and other... more »
  • Woman admits to killing husband with crowbar

    April 2, 2013 11:20 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - A Lake Charles woman has admitted to killing her husband with a crowbar. The American Press reports 53-year-old Darlene Sias pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of manslaughter in the death of 62-year-old Joseph Sias. Darlene Sias, who was scheduled to go to trial Monday, was... more »
  • Conviction upheld in Ascension club killing

    April 2, 2013 9:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state appeals court has affirmed a Prairieville man's conviction and life sentence in the May 2011 beating death of another man outside a former Ascension Parish strip club. A three-judge panel rejected Zachary Pusch's contention that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to support a... more »
  • Ex-sheriff's deputy accused of role in killing

    April 1, 2013 3:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy has been indicted on charges he engaged in a scheme to kill a man to prevent him from reporting the deputy's alleged theft and misuse of his debit card. A 60-count federal indictment unsealed Monday charges the former deputy, Mark Hebert,... more »
  • Obama says gun violence killing too many children

    February 15, 2013 5:25 PM

    CHICAGO - President Barack Obama says that every four months, his hometown of Chicago suffers the loss of as many children as were killed in the Connecticut elementary school shooting. Obama says gun violence is taking too many children's lives, not just in mass shootings like the one in Newtown,... more »
  • Some hope lessons from MLK can curb BR violence Play Video

    January 21, 2013 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- On a day when many people are remembering the messages of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., some say his lessons about peace are being lost in Baton Rouge's violence. The East Baton Rouge Parish murder count rose to eight over the weekend. It keeps pace with last... more »
  • Inmate's trial scheduled May 20 in prison killing

    January 18, 2013 7:16 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Trial for the last of the five Angola inmates accused of killing a penitentiary security officer in 1999 has been set for the week of May 20. The new attorneys for inmate Barry Edge last month won a delay of the trial that was scheduled to begin... more »
  • Cowboys' Brent indicted in crash killing teammate

    December 26, 2012 2:37 PM

    DALLAS- A grand jury in Texas has formally indicted Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent on one count of intoxication manslaughter. Brent is charged in connection with a Dec. 8 crash that killed his friend and Cowboys practice squad member Jerry Brown. He is out of jail on $100,000 bond.... more »
  • Activists push for information after cats were killed

    December 21, 2012 10:11 PM

    CLINTON- People went door-to-door Friday, talking about the investigation over some cat killings. A number of felines have bee found dead. Some were shot at point blank range, others hanged. The group of activists handed out fliers. They're hoping to get information about who might be killing the... more »
  • Two arrested in connection with cane field shootings

    September 28, 2012 12:22 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested two people in connection with the murders of two men found in a sugar cane field. Investigators arrested Harry Prater, 30, of Baton Rouge in suspicion of first-degree murder. They also arrested Brandi Singleton, 29, of Baton Rouge for obstruction of justice.... more »
  • Libyan says some suspects in custody in consulate attack

    September 13, 2012 5:06 PM

    BENGHAZI, Libya - There's word of arrests in Libya, in the killing of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. A Libyan official says an unspecified number of militants suspected of taking part in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi have been arrested. And he says others are... more »
  • Shooting victim told News 2 he considered retaliation

    August 22, 2012 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police and family members identified two men shot overnight in the 1200 block of Convention Street, one fatally, and said it was connected to another killing in the same area. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said Carlois Lebouf, 28, was shot and killed around 9 p.m. last night... more »
  • Rapper G. Dep sentenced for shooting

    May 8, 2012 10:56 AM

    NEW YORK - Rapper G. Dep will spend at least 15 years in prison after being convicted of a 1993 New York killing. The case was reopened when he went to police to say he'd shot someone years earlier. The 37-year-old rapper got the minimum sentence Tuesday for his... more »
  • Shooter opens fire against NATO coalition

    May 6, 2012 9:23 AM

    KABUL - NATO says an attacker wearing an Afghan army uniform has opened fired on coalition service members, killing one. The NATO statement says coalition forces returned fire and killed the shooter Sunday in southern Afghanistan. The alliance says an investigation is under way. It provided no other details. The... more »
  • Man gets 80 years for killing 5 teens

    April 25, 2012 2:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A judge who overturned a gang leader's earlier conviction and death sentence for a quintuple killing in 2006 has given him 80 years for manslaughter. Orleans Parish Criminal District Judge Lynda Van Davis said her earlier ruling troubled her but was forced by prosecutors' failure to turn over... more »
  • Army sergeant meeting with attorney

    March 19, 2012 12:04 PM

    SEATTLE - The Army sergeant accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians meets with his attorney face-to-face for the first time today. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is in isolation at Fort Leavenworth's military prison in Kansas. The 38-year-old sergeant has not been charged yet, but that's expected to... more »
  • Neighbors still nervous, vigilant after slashing

    February 21, 2012 4:47 PM

    GONZALES- People who live near a gruesome crime scene say they're scared to death, and are staying inside with the doors locked. Two people were killed and a woman clings to life after a home invasion over the weekend. Irwin Marchand and Doug Dooley were killed. Marchand's wife Shirley... more »
  • 3 arrested in killing of exotic deer

    February 17, 2012 7:06 AM

    FOLSOM - Three men have been arrested in connection with the killing of two exotic deer at a wildlife sanctuary in Tangipahoa Parish. State wildlife and fisheries agents arrested Rodney Pulliam, 50, of Covington; Jamie Taylor, 20, of Franklinton; and Bryan Welch, 19, of Folsom. The trio is suspected of... more »
  • Murder suspect arrested after being on the run

    January 31, 2012 8:23 AM

    BAKER - The third suspect accused of killing a 43-year-old man last July has been arrested after being on the run. Baker Police arrested Kaitlin Brandon last night after investigators tracked her from Houston to Baton Rouge. Terry Jones, Demarcus York, and Kaitlin Brandon are accused of killing... more »
  • Man accused of killing ex-wife in Winnfield

    January 6, 2012 6:50 AM

    WINNFIELD, La. (AP) - Winnfield police have arrested a man in the death of his ex-wife. The Town Talk reports Gregory Washington has been booked with second-degree murder. He is accused of killing Jacquelyn Washington after a domestic argument got out of control. Police say the victim was found shot... more »
  • West Monroe man sentenced for killing bald eagle

    January 5, 2012 3:10 PM

    A West Monroe man was sentenced on Jan. 3 for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act in the Federal Western District Court of Louisiana in Monroe. U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Hayes ordered Jeffrey M. Miles, 23, to pay a $2,525 fine, and serve three years of unsupervised... more »
  • Trial set for La. inmates charged in Miss. killing

    December 23, 2011 4:43 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Two men charged with kidnapping and killing an Ohio businessman in Mississippi after escaping from a Louisiana prison are scheduled for trial in November. Ricky Wedgeworth and Darian "Drake" Pierce could face the death penalty if convicted of kidnapping resulting in death. They were indicted... more »
  • Another arrest made in 2009 triple murder

    November 9, 2011 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested another man today in connection with a 2009 triple murder on Byron Street. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said investigators arrested Hakeem Mumphery, 26, for first-degree murder in the deaths of three people on July 9, 2009. Police said Adrian Stewart, Marcus Thomas, and Gabriella... more »
  • Accomplices in restaurant killing sentenced

    October 6, 2011 4:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Larry Sterling and Ikey Washington, who were accused of being involved with the murder of a Georgia man at a Baton Rouge restaurant, pleaded guilty and were sentenced today. Authorities said the two were working with Antonius Jones, who was convicted in August of killing David... more »
  • Police make arrest in prostitute killing

    October 3, 2011 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police made an arrest today in the killing of a prostitute who was found outside a Baton Rouge motel a few weeks ago. Sgt. Don Stone said investigators arrested Kevin Broadway, 38, in suspicion of killing Kristin Lynn Granier, 30, of Baton Rouge. Stone said... more »
  • UPDATE: Police identify body found behind dumpster

    September 22, 2011 9:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police identified a body found outside a hotel dumpster this morning as a local prostitute. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with Baton Rouge Police said the body was found just before 8 a.m. behind the dumpster at a hotel on Gwenadale Avenue and pronounced dead at the scene.... more »
  • Man arrested for killing daughter's boyfriend

    August 23, 2011 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Deputies arrested a 57-year-old man accused of shooting his daughter's boyfriend to death. The shooting happened in the 11000 block of Blackwater Road after 7 p.m. Monday. Wayne Landry is accused of shooting and killing 23-year-old Scott Shipp, after Shipp refused to leave his property. According... more »
  • Man arrested for killing daughter's boyfriend

    August 22, 2011 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Deputies arrested a 57-year-old man accused of shooting his daughter's boyfriend to death. The shooting happened in the 11000 block of Blackwater Road after 7 p.m. Monday. Wayne Landry is accused of shooting and killing 23-year-old Scott Shipp, after Shipp refused to leave his property. According... more »
  • TJ Ribs reopens after murder suicide

    June 25, 2011 3:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- TJ Ribs on South Acadian, reopened today following a shocking murder suicide inside the restaurant last night. The restaurant closed Friday afternoon after a man pulled a gun on another man, shot him several times, then turned the gun on himself. Both men died inside the restaurant.... more »
  • Murder suspects confesses to cameras at WBR hearing

    June 16, 2011 1:53 PM

    PORT ALLEN - One of the two men suspected in the deadly beating of a Florida woman admitted to the killing today in West Baton Rouge Parish. News 2 cameras were there as Tyler McClain said this about his role in the murder and the beating of the victim's... more »
  • Second arrest made in Aster Street robbery, killing

    June 9, 2011 9:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A second man wanted in the May 4 robbery and killing of a man in a Winnebago on Aster Street was arrested Wednesday and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Aaron Taylor was taken into custody after being released from a local hospital, where he was... more »
  • Deputies search for two killers in Prescott shooting

    March 21, 2011 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE-- Sheriff's Deputies are searching for two men they say robbed two other men, then shot and killed one of them. Ronald Penn, 33, was shot several times after investigators say he and another man returned to a home on Prescott Road around 2 Saturday morning. Two... more »
  • No arrests made in murder of Belle Rose woman

    March 15, 2011 6:11 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Investigators have made no arrests yet in the death of a Belle Rose woman who was found murdered this weekend. Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said the coroner determined 84-year-old Anna Mae Hidalgo was strangled to death. Investigators had previously reported finding blood in her home... more »
  • Killing suspect's toddler child disappeared in '83

    March 12, 2011 3:58 PM

    HOUMA, La.- A man booked with murder after allegedly stabbing his wife and driving her corpse around for six hours was part of another tragedy in 1983: the disappearance of his toddler son in a Tacoma, Wash., park. The Courier of Houma reports that Stanley Lee Guidroz, now in... more »
  • Inmate accused of making false murder confession

    November 24, 2010 4:35 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE- An inmate in the Iberia Parish Correctional Center is in even more hot water after investigators said he made false statements about killing two people. Authorities said Jeremy Richard gave a detailed confession to the St. Martinville Sheriff's Office, admitting to killing two Hispanic men and dumping... more »
  • Supreme Court won't hear appeal of TX man on death row

    October 18, 2010 10:28 AM

    The Supreme Court will not review a claim from a Texas death row inmate who says his mental impairment should prevent his execution. A federal trial judge and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans have found that Michael Hall is not mentally impaired. Hall... more »
  • Grand jury indicts three in death of Rayville police officer

    October 12, 2010 3:20 PM

    Richland Parish District Attorney William Coenen says a grand jury has indicted three men accused of killing Rayville police Sgt. Thomas "Tommy" Alexander on Sept. 11. Coenen says 52-year-old Robert J. Walker, 30-year-old Anthony D. Oatis and 33-year-old Richard D. Long all were charged Tuesday with first degree murder and... more »
  • Reward offered in Ascension Parish cat killing

    October 5, 2010 11:25 AM

    The lack of progress in a cat killing investigation in Ascension Parish has led the Humane Society of Louisiana to offer a reward for information. The group is offering a $2,500 reward funded by them and an anonymous donor for information that leads to a conviction in the case, which... more »
  • New judge assigned in Angola Five case

    September 30, 2010 7:23 AM

    A new judge has been assigned to preside over the trials of five Angola inmates accused of killing a security officer during an escape attempt in December 1999. An order signed by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball names retired Orleans Parish Judge Jerome M. Winsberg to hear... more »
  • La. traffic stop led to TX murder arrest

    September 28, 2010 8:53 AM

    A man accused of killing a 13-year-old girl in 1996 and leaving her body under a bridge in Chambers County, Texas was arrested after a traffic stop in Louisiana. Livonia police stopped a car in January for swerving between lanes, and arrested 45-year-old Kevin Edison Smith on a drug possession... more »
  • Man indicted in Baton Rouge woman's death

    September 17, 2010 7:42 AM

    A convicted sex offender has been indicted in the rape and killing of a 29-year-old Zachary woman whose body was found in Monte Sano Bayou in April. An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged 43-year-old Franklin Meredith Jr. with aggravated rape and second-degree murder on Thursday in the death... more »
  • Lafourche DA seeks death penalty in woman's murder

    August 25, 2010 8:34 AM

    The Lafourche Parish District Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty against four men accused of raping and killing a Cut Off woman earlier this year. Esdras Garcia, Luis Nava, Jose Moreno and Gonzalo Cortes are accused of repeatedly raping and then killing Angela Laudun after meeting her at a... more »
  • Metairie man gets 45-year term in slaying

    August 20, 2010 7:02 AM

    A 33-year-old Metairie man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for storming into his former girlfriend's Baton Rouge home, shooting her and killing her new boyfriend. An East Baton Rouge Parish jury found John Burks II guilty in March of manslaughter and aggravated battery in the killing of... more »
  • Varnado murder trial delayed

    August 19, 2010 6:37 AM

    The first-degree murder trial of Michael Varnado, accused of killing a mother and her two children, has been delayed for a second time. Both the prosecution and defense need more time to prepare for the trial. Varnado is accused of smothering his girlfriend, 20-year-old Quantell Roberts of Hammond; setting her... more »
  • Slaying suspect pleads guilty to manslaughter

    August 18, 2010 6:07 AM

    A 19-year-old man accused of killing an Alexandria resident last year has pleaded guilty to manslaughter before his trial was scheduled to begin. Launey Johnson was facing a second-degree murder charge and two counts of attempted second-degree murder before prosecutors accepted a plea on the lesser charge. Johnson was sentenced... more »
  • Investigation finds 2 soldiers guilty of poaching

    July 15, 2010 5:44 AM

    An investigation into allegations that soldiers were killing a large number of deer illegally on the Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Area during training exercises has resulted in two guilty pleas. Sgts. 1st Class William M. Hutt and Andres I. Medrano plead guilty in June to one count each of taking... more »
  • Fort Polk investigates killing on navy base

    June 3, 2010 11:56 AM

    Fort Polk's Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the death of a Tulane University graduate student shot in her home on the navy base in Belle Chasse. An Article 32 investigation, the military equivalent to a grand jury, is underway to decide if there is cause to hold a court... more »
  • Suspect arrested in slaying of woman

    May 20, 2010 6:52 AM

    State police arrested a man in connection with the May 11 death of 18-year-old Elizabeth Fontenot of Ville Platte. Ordesto M. Toussaint of Ville Platte was arrested Wednesday and booked with second-degree murder. Fontenot was beaten to death. A passing school bus driver found her body about 3 miles south... more »
  • Man gets 10-year term in slaying of brother

    April 22, 2010 8:51 AM

    A 19-year-old Lake Charles man accused of stabbing his brother to death last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Shannon Joseph Wright pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Wright was charged with stabbing his brother, Jimmy Neil Lastrape, during an argument at Wright's home. The victim later died at... more »
  • Woman sentenced in 2007 killing of Baton Rouge man

    April 21, 2010 5:53 AM

    A Baton Rouge woman was sentenced to 25 years in prison for stabbing an elderly neighbor to death in 2007 and setting his house on fire to destroy evidence. Christine Marie Joseph pleaded guilty to manslaughter and obstruction of justice in the 2007 killing of Louis Booker Jr. Joseph told... more »
  • May 3 is latest trial date in Klan killing

    April 6, 2010 6:44 AM

    The latest trial date for the man charged with second-degree murder in the death of a would-be Ku Klux Klan recruit is May 3, according to the district attorney's office in St. Tammany Parish. Raymond Foster of Washington Parish is the suspect in the November 2008 shooting death of Cynthia... more »
  • Teens held without bond in South Mansfield killing

    February 10, 2010 8:42 AM

    A judge says DeSoto Parish prosecutors may try a 16-year-old as an adult in the death of a man shot during an attempt to rob his home in South Mansfield on Feb. 3. Paris Smith was being held without bond Wednesday on charges of principal to first-degree murder and armed... more »

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