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Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in 1984 cold case death

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Leila Mulla (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Leila Mulla (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Gary Kergan Gary Kergan
Dalton Dunnagan. Dalton Dunnagan.
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A woman has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the death of a man in 1984.

Leila Mulla didn't say much in court as she entered the plea, but it is what the relatives of Gary Kergan had been waiting nearly 30 long years to hear.

A judge sentenced her to 30 years in prison. She was originally charged with second-degree murder, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

Prosecutors said Mulla, who worked as a dancer at a club, conspired with her alleged pimp Ronald Dunnagan to rob and murder Kergan. Investigators believe she lured Kergan back to her apartment after her shift where Dunnagan was waiting.

They say Mulla admitted to serving Kergan poisoned wine before Dunnagan murdered him. She added Dunnagan put Kergan's body in the trunk of his own car, which was later found in Metairie. While DNA tests confirmed his blood was found in the trunk, Kergan's body has never been found.

Mulla's guilty plea brought some closure to the victim's relatives, especially his son, who was only 10 years old when his father was murdered.

"It feels amazing to see closure for the case and have some justice," said Wade Kergan. "I'm really grateful again to my uncle, family, law enforcement, everyone who's worked on case. It's been a huge, huge thing for me."

Mulla has agreed to cooperate in the district attorney's case against Dunnagan.

At this point, Dunnagan is a free man. Prosecutors said they know where he is, though, and they do plan to bring the case before a grand jury soon.  

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