BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man accused of killing his wife has decided to fight the charges against him.
Oscar Lozada, 43, reportedly confessed in October to killing his wife, Sylviane Finck Lozada, in 2011. He appeared in court for an arraignment hearing Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to the charge of second degree murder.
The next hearing is scheduled for April 15.
Judge Trudy White has been assigned the case.
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Lozada fled to Venezuela with the couple’s 4-year-old daughter in 2011. He was arrested in Mexico in September of 2018 and taken across the border to a detention center in Eagle Pass, Texas. A Texas judge approved extradition and Lozada returned to Louisiana the next month.
Sylviane Lozada’s body remains missing. She was a beloved teacher at Brusly High School. After her husband’s arrest, crews searched the treeline along I-10 in Gonzales, but turned up nothing.
A conviction on second degree murder in Louisiana carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole or probation.