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2010 suspect in high-profile murder cleared to face death penalty

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BATON ROUGE - A judge found the man suspected of a 2010 high-profile murder in Beauregard Town isn't intellectually disabled, clearing the way for a death penalty case.

The judge ruled Friday morning in the motions hearing dealing with Aramis Jackson. Jackson is the lone suspect in the killing of Alexandra Engler, 42, and the shooting injury of her daughter, Ariana. Jackon's DNA was found at the scene, investigators said.

Early on, investigators said Jackson was after a TV in Engler's house. The home invasion happened early in the morning. Witnesses told police, Jackson was seen fleeing with a gun and the television.

The gun used in the killing has not been found, but The Advocate reported in a previous story about the slaying, bullets found in Jackson's pants pocket four weeks before the shooting matches evidence collected from the murder scene.

Ariana was nine at the time of the attack. She was shot six times.


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