Crime, death stories top on web
The Top 10 stmarynow.com online stories for 2013 focus on crime and death. The selections are based on the number of views.
No. 1 — Franklin teen sentenced to life in prison for murders (Dec. 10)
Jamichael Hudson, 18, was sentenced by 16th Judicial District Judge James McClelland to spend the rest of his life in jail for his participation in the 2010 murders of two people.
Hudson was convicted Oct. 18 on two counts of second degree murder in the killings of a Franklin couple in their home during an apparent robbery attempt. Larry Guillory, 49, and Audrey Picard, 75, were bludgeoned to death on Feb. 3, 2010, in Franklin. Hudson was a 15-year-old minor when the crimes occurred.
Hudson’s cousin, Randy Anthony Joseph, 21, was sentenced to life without possibility of parole after pleading guilty in January 2012 to two counts of first-degree murder in the case.
Joseph was assessed with mild retardation and McClelland gave Joseph two life sentences without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
No. 2 — Fire kills Morgan City High student (May 28)
A Morgan City High School freshman died after he was injured in a fire in Prairieville.
Antonio Collins, 16, of Morgan City, died a day after the fire at his grandfather’s home, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. The grandfather survived the fire.
Lance Lamarca, supervisor of the State Fire Marshal’s Office arson division, said the blaze originated in the living room. The cause was classified as “undetermined with inability to rule out electrical malfunction,” Lamarca said.
No. 3 — Grandfather, grandson arrested in rapes of juveniles (Nov. 13)
A 22-year-old man and his 67-year-old grandfather, both from Bayou Vista, were arrested Tuesday in the aggravated rapes of an 11-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said in a news release.
Corey Adams, 22, of the 1400 block of Evergreen Street in Bayou Vista, was arrested Tuesday on two warrants for aggravated rape. Rodney Adams, 67, of the 1400 block of Evergreen Street in Bayou Vista, was arrested on a warrant for aggravated rape.
On Oct. 5, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report of possible rape of two juveniles from local hospital personnel. Following an investigation, Cory Adams is charged for the aggravated rape of an 11-year-old female and a 16-year-old female. Rodney Adams is also charged for the aggravated rape of the 11-year-old girl.
No. 4 — Vehicle found with engine running, driver missing (Oct. 30-31)
The story in which St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert issued a welfare concern about a man whose vehicle was found abandoned on the side of U.S. 90 with its engine running eventually turned into a story about the murder of Willie Francis, 23, of Bayou Vista.
At about 11:30 p.m. Oct. 29, a deputy patrolling the Bayou Vista area saw a vehicle with its engine running parked on the side of the westbound lane of U.S. 90 near Cameron Iron Works, Hebert said.
The driver of the maroon Lincoln four-door sedan, Willie Francis, 23, of Bayou Vista, was not at the scene. Francis’s last known communication occurred at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the sheriff.
Francis was found dead 12 hours later at La. 182 between Old Spanish Trail and Tournament Boulevard in Berwick.
Four people were arrested in connection to Francis’ death.
No. 5 — Morgan City man pleads guilty to rape (Nov. 20)
Glenn Joseph McNemar III was given a life sentence by 16th Judicial District Judge Lori A. Landry after he pleaded guilty to raping his 66-year-old Morgan City neighbor on Oct. 1, 2012.
McNemar agreed to the guilty plea shortly before noon and was given the only sentence allowed — life without probation, parole or suspension of sentence.
Morgan City police arrested McNemar, 26, the day after the rape when they got a tip he had been involved in the rape and was about to leave the area. Police said in the arrest affidavit that he admitted he had raped his neighbor after he climbed over the fence between the two residences on Cottonwood Street and broke into her home with two fence posts and a pipe. He told investigators he forced the victim into a sex act at knife point, the arrest affidavit said.
No. 6 — Three indicted in two murders — Teen girl among those charged (Dec. 9)
A St. Mary Parish grand jury returned three indictments Thursday afternoon in two murder cases and revealed the identity of a Bayou Vista juvenile arrested in the Oct. 29 murder of Willie Francis, 23, of Bayou Vista.
The indictments charge Kaysha Francis, now 16, of Bayou Vista and her boyfriend Kirkland Craft, 22, of Morgan City, with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Willie Francis.
Sixteenth Judicial District Assistant District Attorney Anthony Saleme said he is not aware of any relationship between the juvenile and the victim.
Both defendants originally were charged with second-degree murder when they were arrested.
The grand jury also returned an indictment against Jazmine Jamal Jackson, 23, of Franklin, on charges of second degree murder and possession of a weapon by a felon for allegedly shooting Jarnell McDaniel, 24, of Franklin, twice in the head on Sept. 30.
No. 7 — Morgan City man killed — Man charged with second degree murder (Aug. 15)
A 51-year-old Morgan City man was charged with second degree murder in the death of a 57-year-old Morgan City man, who was found dead at a residence on Clements Street, Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said.
Keith Allen Murphy, 51, the 500 block of Bush Street in Morgan City, was charged with second degree murder after police discovered the body of Robert Michael Gasek, 57, of the 2300 block of Clements Street in Morgan City, at Gasek’s residence.
No. 8 — Patterson teen lands role in “The Butler” (Aug. 15)
Though he only got into acting about a year ago, a Patterson teen appeared on the big screen for the first time earlier this year in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler.”
Isaac White, 15, a junior at Patterson High School, did not originally intend to get into acting.
“The Butler” is about a butler who works for eight presidents. The movie follows his life from his childhood to his 90s and is based on a true story, White, said.
“It’s basically a love story between father and son because what they go through is what a father and son go through in America,” Isaac White said. “It’s a story that needs to be told.”
Actor Forest Whitaker plays the butler and Oprah Winfrey plays his wife.
Isaac White plays Charlie Gaines, the youngest son of the butler. White said the oldest son is fictionalized, but his character, the youngest son, is based on a real person.
No. 9 — Fallen Marine’s mother: Son was doing what he loved (Nov. 18)
Dena Polk said she was on Facebook Wednesday afternoon when she noticed an NBC News story pop up reporting that four Marines were killed in an incident at Camp Pendleton, Calif. She sent a message to her son’s Facebook account asking for him to check in with her and let her know he was OK.
She never did get a message from her son, Gunnery Sgt. Gregory J. Mullins, 31, of Bayou L’Ourse. Instead, about four hours later, she heard the knock on the door feared by every parent whose child is serving their country.
Her son was one of the Marines killed Nov. 13 at California’s Camp Pendleton during a routine sweep to make a range safer for training exercises.
Also left behind were Mullins’ wife, Violeta, from Peru whom he has been with for four years; and their children Ethan, 3, and Giovanna, 2, as well as his stepdaughter, Camila, 9, Polk said.
No. 10 — Police: Man wanted to pay for carnival game with pot (Aug. 30)
A Morgan City man was charged with possession of marijuana after carnival workers at the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival said the man attempted to pay for a carnival game with a bag of marijuana, Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said in a news release.
Antonio Marcus Campbell, 25, of Brashear Avenue in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:45 p.m. Thursday for possession of marijuana and violation of uniform controlled dangerous substance law.
An officer working the fairground area during the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival observed a man take an object from his pants pocket that appeared to be a cellophane bag containing suspected marijuana. Campbell showed the object to a fair worker and then place it back into his pocket, Crouch said.
According to workers at the fairgrounds, Campbell approached the carnival worker and attempted to pay to play the carnival game with the illegal substance, Crouch said. When he was told they took only money, he attempted to leave before being detained, Crouch said. The area in which the incident occurred was within 1,000 feet of an elementary school, resulting in an additional charge on Campbell.