DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - A man is accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in Denham Springs Tuesday morning.
The Denham Springs Police Department has arrested Kent Scott, 52, who is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Gwendolyn Thomas, also 52. Scott is charged with the second-degree murder.
Police and family said the couple had an on-and-off relationship for nearly the past three decades.
Cpl. Glenn Lemoine with DSPD said around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, someone driving down Louise St. told police he saw Scott stabbing Thomas.
"When the first officer responded, he saw the suspect, Mr. Scott, on top of the victim just holding her shoulders and calling her name repeatedly. When they pulled him off of her, they just saw blood everywhere so they immediately placed him under custody. At that point, they realize the victim was laying flat on the ground and appeared to have been stabbed multiple, multiple times," said Cpl. Lemoine.
Marilyn Hayes, Thomas' cousin, said there was a previous incident where Scott allegedly stabbed Thomas up to 17 times.
"She and the young man had been in a relationship for quite some time on and off and this was not the first incident of violence with them," said Hayes. "He had stabbed her a few years ago when they lived in an apartment complex, left her for dead. She survived and a few months ago, he beat her and she had him put in jail.
"She used my daughter's phone to call the police and I told her then and that's when she had him arrested. He stayed incarcerated for a while. He got out and they went right back together so I guess sometimes love makes you do strange things."
Then in April 2015, Cpl. Lemoine said they responded to the same home on Louise St. for a beating. Scott was arrested for domestic abuse battery, but released from prison on bond.
Cpl. Lemoine said after that incident, Thomas was given the paperwork, but she never filed for a restraining order.
"Her life was taken too soon. She has beautiful children, grandchildren. She won't be able to see them grow up because she's gone, and I hope they make him pay for what he has done," said Hayes.
Cpl. Lemoine said Scott has been arrested 39 times since 1981.
Note: This story has been updated. It previously stated that Scott was charged with first-degree murder.