NEW IBERIA, La. (KPEL News) – Nearly five a long time because an retired principal was murdered in her dwelling in Morgan City, justice is getting carried out against her killer.
In a situation that spanned several states which include Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Florida, 16th Judicial District Attorney Bo Duhe’s Place of work suggests 70-calendar year-previous Patricia Lynn Russo’s handyman – Michael Lee Guidry – not only still left her useless but he stole her bank card after he murdered her on October 1, 2018. Russo was discovered lifeless by her housekeeper.
“This woman arrived out of the entrance of the residence and she’s waving her hands. And yet another female came out and reported ‘there’s a lifeless girl, useless lady. There is blood just about everywhere!’” mentioned a neighbor, Pete Covington to our information associates at KATC.
Guidry was the final man or woman who spoke with Russo and his auto was noticed on neighborhood surveillance video close to the time of the murder. It failed to just take Guidry lengthy to use her bank card as he utilised it an ATM in Morgan Town 6 minutes just after leaving the community. Subsequent surveillance online video and the victim’s bank records confirmed Guidry working with her bank card at fuel stations and casinos in Louisiana, Texas, and Florida.
Days afterwards, Guidry’s vehicle was found deserted on the facet of Interstate 10 in
Harrison County, Mississippi. Guidry was observed hiding in a closet within a spouse and children member’s home the subsequent working day in Independence, La. and put beneath arrest.
It took 4 times but a jury unanimously uncovered Guidry guilty of Manslaughter on Friday, August 25. Guidry is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct 10, 2023, at 9:00 AM. He faces up to 40 many years of really hard labor.
The investigation was dealt with by Morgan City Law enforcement Office. Guidance was
offered by the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Business and scientific evaluation was performed by the
Acadiana Criminalistics Laboratory. Assistant District Attorneys Brady Holtzclaw and Jennifer Reasoner prosecuted the scenario with support from Heather Hendrix and Katie Williams.
As KATC factors out, Russo was a St. Mary Parish educator serving principal of Maitland Elementary in Morgan City from 1988 to 1991, principal of J.S. Aucoin Elementary in Amelia from 1991 to 2001 and Tutorial Professional for St. Mary Parish public schools from 2001 until her retirement in 2004, according to Leonard Armato, St. Mary Parish Superintendent.
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