Family of workers killed in office shooting seek the death penalty

Richard Matthews
Richard Matthews

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III is continuing the prosecution against Richard Matthews. Matthews is charged with two counts of first degree murder and five counts of attempted first degree murder.

Matthews, 54, was fired from Grady Crawford Construction Co. several months before clerical workers Dianna Tullier, 44, of Walker, and Cheryl D. Boykin, 55, of Denham Springs, were shot to death Dec. 23, 2009, at the Greenwell Springs Road business.

Tullier's son Jonathan says he wants a death penalty case against the man accused of killing his mother.

"We would like more to be done by the state than just let Richard Matthews stay in solitary confinement," said Tullier. "We would like a full jury.  We want prosecution to the fullest from the state. Whatever happens, happens, but we just want justice for my mother."

D.A. Hillar Moore's office has prosecuted death penalty cases and understands the angst family members go through.

"A lot of people have very strong emotions and cases like this when they occur around the holidays season makes it real difficult on families and its real burden that they carry," said Moore.

"We've met with these families for several years now and we feel their pain and we take everything that they say and we go back and analyze everything and we want to do what's the best for the case - in particular for these families and in this case we have different views but we're going to consider all of them and hopefully make the right decision for the right reasons," Moore concluded.

Matthews is scheduled to be back in front of Judge Tony Marabella on Friday.

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