Addis homicide investigation turned over to Attorney General
BATON ROUGE- Evidence surrounding a homicide investigation in Addis is now in the hands of the State Attorney General.
The WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Addis Police Chief Ricky Anderson turned over his investigative file into the death of Sandra Rinaudo to the state on Friday. It comes after the Investigative Unit sued the Addis Police Department for public records while the investigation was closed.
Sandra Rinaudo was found dead inside her home in August of 2013. Four different doctors labeled her death a homicide, but the case was never investigated as one.
A spokeswoman for the State Attorney General's Office would not say how long the investigation would take and declined to do an interview. However, she did say the state would be thorough with its investigation.
Last month, the News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered things the Addis Police Department did not know. Medical records show Sandy Rinaudo complained of abuse numerous times before her death. She claimed she was being beaten by her husband, Eddie Rinaudo.
Rinaudo was never investigated as a suspect, and maintains his innocence.
"No, I hadn't beaten my wife," Eddie Rinaudo told News 2 last month.
Doctors who examined Sandy Rinaudo believe she was beaten to death. Her ribs were fractured, pancreas split in half and she had a broken nose. They think her injuries were consistent with a savage beating.
News 2 has learned the family is scheduled to meet with state investigators this week. We've also learned that the state will investigate from scratch, because things that should have been done by the Addis Police Department were not done.