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Richard Matthews pleads guilty to murder and attempted murder

Richard Matthews in 2010 (Source: WAFB) Richard Matthews in 2010 (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man accused of killing two women at a construction company in 2009 pleaded guilty to murder Friday morning.

Richard Matthews, of Slaughter, pleaded guilty before Judge Anthony Marabella to two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted first-degree murder. He was given two life sentences plus 250 years (50 years for each of the attempted murder counts). He does not have the possibility of probation or parole.

Matthews was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Diana Tullier, 44, of Walker, and Cheryl D. Boykin, 55, of Denham Springs, at the Grady Crawford Construction Company in 2009. A third woman was also shot, but survived.

Matthews was fired from Grady Crawford Construction several months before the deadly shooting on Dec. 23, 2009 at the Greenwell Springs Road business. He claimed he was denied some of his unemployment benefits.

On several occasions, Matthews confessed on camera to the shooting, saying he intended to kill his then boss. In one video clip, Matthews said he did not intend to kill the two women, but instead was trying to kill Trey Crawford, the owner of the company.

Matthews showed no signs of remorse while sitting in the courtroom, even through the victim impact statements. While some of the family members said they had forgiven him for what he did, others had harsh words for him.

"You are a coward in my eyes. I may forgive you one day but that day is not here yet," said Tullier's son Jonathan. "Every year between September and December, I get down and dread Christmas.”

Tullier's daughter Kelley looked Matthews in the eyes and said, "I am truly disgusted at you."
Matthews responded with, "Thank you."

Cheryl Dixon Boykin's brother Gary Dixon said, "Why didn't you put the gun to your head and kill yourself if you needed to kill someone? Because you're a coward."

Marabella ruled in February that Matthews was "intellectually disabled" to face the death penalty after psychological examinations.

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