BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A grand jury returned an indictment against a former assistant principal who is accused of murdering a pregnant woman.
The case against Robert Marks, 39, of Baton Rouge, was presented to a grand jury Wednesday, October 5. They returned a true bill for second-degree murder and first-degree feticide.
Marks is accused of killing Lyntell Washington, 40, also of Baton Rouge, and her unborn child.
Washington was positively identified as the badly decomposed body found in a ditch in Rosedale.
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An autopsy performed by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office revealed Washington died from a gunshot wound to the head and, as a result, her unborn child died as well. The coroner said there was no trauma to the fetus.
Washington was reported missing the morning of June 9 after her 3-year-old daughter was found in Baton Rouge alone near her vehicle, which had blood inside it.
Authorities began search efforts for Washington, who was once named "Teacher of the Year" and was a teacher at Brookstown Middle Magnet Academy at the time of her death. Crews were deployed in the air, on land and in the water for much of the day Friday, searching five key areas across south Louisiana, including Baker, Zachary, Baton Rouge, St. Francisville, and Ramah. The multi-agency search was temporarily suspended at nightfall on June 10.
Marks was the assistant principal of the Baton Rouge middle school where Washington worked. Marks is married to another woman and police suspect he might have been fearful his wife would find out he had gotten Washington pregnant, according to police records.
Police said cell phone records show Marks' phone as well as a phone belonging to Washington were in the Ramah area around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 8. Both phones were in that area for about 15 minutes before returning to Baton Rouge, according to police documents.
Marks was initially arrested on aggravated kidnapping and child desertion charges because Washington's child was left abandoned in a parking lot. According to the probable cause report, the child told investigators that "'Mr. Robbie' hurt her mother and was now sleeping." It also revealed the child was with her mother and Marks "when she heard a 'bang' and after the bang her mom was 'shaking.' She also stated her mom's in the lake and that it was dark outside when her mom got hurt."