October 22, 2021


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BRPD provides box of evidence 6 a long time immediately after double killing, 2 months prior to initial trial | Courts

Prosecutors disclosed Thursday they experienced a short while ago acquired from Baton Rouge law enforcement a box of proof about double murder on Highland Road  — six decades right after the killings and two months before the 1st demo is to get started.

Frank Garcia is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 27 on a 1st-degree murder demand following the 2015 robbery, beating, abduction and strangling of Denis and Suzanne Duplantier.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Lawyer Hillar Moore III mentioned he thinks that Garcia’s trial can still go forward.

A prosecutor disclosed Tuesday which of two guys will be attempted 1st in the 2015 robbery, beating, kidnapping and strangling of a Highland Road…

“I never consider this disclosure, despite the fact that it really is late, should really hold off the demo,” he explained. 

The Baton Rouge Police Section did not instantly reply to a request for remark.

Moore mentioned the the greater part of the proof sent to his business office Monday is “constant with what is now been disclosed and is regular with the state’s principle of the case.”

Moore mentioned, nonetheless, that a cellphone belonging to Garcia’s cousin and co-defendant, Ernesto Alonso, was in the box of evidence delivered to his place of work, and a law enforcement detective is getting ready a search warrant to receive the phone’s contents.

Based on what is contained in the telephone, the district lawyer said, the protection may perhaps wish to ask for a demo continuance.

Alonso’s lawyer, Dwight Doskey, reported the disclosure by Moore’s office is “undoubtedly not a good advancement for the prosecution.”

“Quite naturally it opens up the line of questioning to the lead detective of `and what else are you forgetting/not telling the jury` and `six a long time from now will there be other evidence?'” Doskey mentioned.

The “state’s discovery disclosure” submitted into the court document Thursday states the new evidence also features safety digital camera footage, far more crime scene photographs, and detective situation notes.

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The filing suggests the District Attorney’s Place of work uncovered the missing proof following reviewing the case file and concluding that “a single or far more items of evidence had been not in the file or mentioned on the evidence listing from Baton Rouge Town Law enforcement.”

“We have now inventoried the things in the box and are now providing to the protection objects that ended up not formerly in the possession of the District Attorney’s Business office,” prosecutor Dana Cummings wrote.

The bodies of Denis “Bubbie” Duplantier, 71, and Suzanne “Suzy” Duplantier, 70, were being discovered Oct. 19, 2015, in the again seat of their crimson pickup at a Hammond gas station.

The two gentlemen billed with the superior-profile killing of a Highland Highway few can get a truthful trial in East Baton Rouge Parish, an appeals co…

Alonso, 48, did landscaping do the job for the Duplantiers and lived on other property owned by them.

His white pickup was captured on surveillance online video as it followed the couple’s automobile into the Petro truck quit, authorities have mentioned. Alonso’s truck was later on found at Garcia’s home in Hollywood, Florida.

A harmless inside the Duplantier residence was found open, with income lacking. Blood was situated in several rooms. Authorities feel the two adult males entered the Duplantier household and defeat them to get the information wanted to open the safe.

A massive volume of funds and a variety of unspecified goods considered stolen from the house had been located at Garcia’s dwelling in Florida, authorities claimed.

Attorneys for Garcia, 53, have claimed in formerly filed documents that he and Alonso have antagonistic defenses, and the lawyers foresee that Alonso will test to “change blame from himself to Garcia” at demo.

Lawyers for 1 of the males accused in the 2015 beating, theft, abduction and killing of an aged Highland Road few submitted courtroom papers…

Prosecutors declared in 2016 they would not search for the demise penalty in opposition to either man just after discussions with the victims’ family members. They face obligatory sentences of lifetime in jail if convicted as billed.