GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - An Ascension Parish grand jury indicted a Geismar man for the beating death of his estranged wife.
David Johnson, 38, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and violation of a protective order in connection to the death of Monica Johnson.
According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to call of a domestic dispute on August 9 around 11 p.m. at a house in the Parks of Dutchtown subdivision in Geismar.
Deputies found a shattered back door and the body of 45-year-old Monica Butler Johnson in the back yard. According to Sheriff Jeff Wiley, she had been bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat.
Monica's older son from a previous marriage and the couple's younger son were both home and witnessed their mother being strangled and beaten, according to Assistant District Attorney Shawn Bush with the 23rd Judicial Attorney's Office.
Johnson was arrested August 10 around 1 a.m. by West Baton Rouge Parish Deputies. He was charged with first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, violations of protective orders, and aggravated burglary with a weapon.
Monica Johnson had a temporary restraining order against David Johnson at the time of her death. It was in place until August 24, 2015 when a hearing would have been held. That same protective order also prohibited Johnson from coming to the couple's house.
"I couldn't be more pleased," said Bush. "What David Johnson did to Monica was the worst crime I've endured in my career, and my heart goes out to this family, especially Monica's children. I look forward to moving this case forward through its conclusion."
Bush said that the case will move forward as a capital case at this point.
Johnson is currently being held without bond at the Ascension Parish Jail.