Baton Rouge teen to be tried in grandmother's death
BATON ROUGE - A state judge has ruled that the granddaughter of an 82-year-old Baton Rouge woman found dead in her wheelchair is competent to stand trial on a manslaughter charge.
19-year-old Lauren Looney was evaluated by a psychiatrist and a psychologist, both of whom determined she was sane when Bessie Looney died Sept. 29, 2014.
Her mother, 54-year-old Joleslie Looney, also is charged with manslaughter in the case, but she remains at the state mental hospital in Jackson for evaluation.
District Judge Mike Erwin on Tuesday set Lauren Looney's next court date for Oct. 11.
Joleslie and Lauren Looney were Bessie Looney's primary caregivers.
Authorities have said Bessie Looney was found naked, sitting in feces and riddled with infected bedsores.
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