OUR TURN: Domestic Abuse

OUR TURN: Domestic Violence

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - We were reminded again last week just how tragic and predictable violent cases of domestic abuse can be. WAFB Lead Investigator Kiran Chawla shared with us a behind-the-scenes look at a domestic violence case from St. Landry Parish.

Kimberly Nicole Perkins was found dead in March and her husband was charged with her murder. The tragedy was not a surprise to Livonia Police Sgt. John Thibodaux. In a conversation with Perkins last year following a fight at her home, Thibodaux warned her in blunt language that this was a likely outcome. The conversation was caught on the officer's body camera.

Louisiana's new Gwen's Law to fight domestic violence did come in to play when her husband was charged in the case, but because Perkins changed her story in court, her husband was released and a few months later, she was dead. Kiran's story reminds all of us how real this problem is and how hard it is for lawmakers, police and all of us to make a difference in the outcomes.

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