Man convicted of killing 58-year-old woman sentenced to life without parole

Kendale Scott (Source: EBRSO)
Kendale Scott (Source: EBRSO)

CLINTON, LA (WAFB) - A man convicted of killing a 58-year-old Ethel, Louisiana woman in her home in June of 2012 was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the benefit of probation, parole or sentence suspension.

On August 2, 2013, Kendale Scott, 27, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Katherine Hartman, 58, of Ethel.

A second-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence.

The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office says Hartman was reported missing on June 25, 2012. The EFPSO thinks she was likely killed at her home the previous day.

Phone calls after she went missing led deputies to get a search warrant for her home on Highland Drive in Ethel. While executing that warrant, deputies learned Hartman's body was dumped at a vacant house on Lane Drive. Her body was found in the yard.

Lisa Keller, 35, Naomi Wheat, 21, and Shedrick Law, 24, are each charged with accessory after the fact. Keller is Hartman's daughter.

They have not yet gone to trial, but two of the three have reportedly entered plea deals.

The trial for the third suspect is scheduled at a later date.

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