Damico & Stockstill, Attorneys at Law

Baton Rouge murder charges follow body discovery in garden

Many people mistakenly believe all criminal charges for killing involve intent. Homicide is often equated with murder but it refers to any death caused by another person, not necessarily a death that was meant to happen. A defendant charged with first-degree murder is accused of killing with intent.

A Baton Rouge man told police investigators he killed his 77-year-old roommate. The men apparently quarreled before the argument got physical. The 54-year-old defendant's confession came after police discovered the roommate's bludgeoned and stabbed body, buried in a shallow garden grave at the home the men shared.

Reports said the defendant started living with the older man earlier this year. The younger man agreed to maintain the retired homeowner's property in exchange for residing in the home. A police investigation was triggered by a phone call from the homeowner's grandson, who was concerned he hadn't heard from his relative for several days.

Police visited the home but found nothing unusual. The investigation took a different turn, when authorities learned the missing man's debit card had been used at a nearby convenience store. A member of the older man's family also reported seeing blood stains inside the house.

Investigators returned to the property and noticed something amiss in a tomato garden. The missing man's body was buried there. Armed robbery and first-degree murder charges were filed, after the defendant confessed to the killing and using the victim's debit card.

The defendant left Parish Prison in February -- the same month he moved in with the roommate -- after bonding out on forgery and felony theft charges. The defendant allegedly stole blank checks from a woman who employed him to do home maintenance.

Without proof of intent, prosecutors cannot convict a defendant of first-degree murder. The state must provide evidence that wipes out any reasonable doubt a crime occurred, according to every provision of a criminal charge.

Source: The Advocate, "BR man accused of killing roommate, 77, and burying him in garden" Ryan Broussard, May. 21, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Need Help From An Experienced Team Of Trial Attorneys?

Use the form below to contact our attorneys directly. Contact us right now.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Our lawyers have over 50 years of combined experience and are AV-rated* under Martindale Hubbell's peer review rating system.

*CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Damico & Stockstill, Attorneys at Law

8048 One Calais Avenue | Suite A | Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3483 | Phone: 225-250-1812 | Fax: 225-769-0195 | Baton Rouge Law Office Map