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Baton Rouge DA says Alonso could face death penalty

8 years 4 months 1 week ago Thursday, October 22 2015 Oct 22, 2015 October 22, 2015 5:22 PM October 22, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Natalia Verdina

BATON ROUGE - District Attorney Hillar Moore said the man accused of murdering a Baton Rouge couple earlier this week, could face the death penalty if brought back to Lousiana.

This morning, Alonso remained quiet before a Florida judge, while his lawyer said law enforcement agents will have to go through the public defender's office before they proceed with any further questioning.

Moore says the 42-year-old accused killer may fight the extradition process, "Just any chance they have to fight coming back because obviously Louisiana wants him for either a life imprisonment case or a death case."

Police say Ernesto Alonso beat Dennis and Suzanne Duplantier until they opened the safe inside their Highland Road home. According to investigators, he strangled the couple and then left their bodies inside a car parked outside a truck stop in Hammond. Alonso then fled thousands of miles away, to the Miami, Florida area, where he remains under police custody.

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