Man accused of murdering massage therapist claims she tried to rob him

Christopher Landry (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Christopher Landry (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - The man accused of murdering a Livingston Parish woman allegedly told investigators that after paying her for a massage and a sexual favor, she tried to rob him.

According to the probable cause report submitted by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, Christopher Landry, 25, of Denham Springs, allegedly admitted to killing Kayla Ann Denham, 24, of Baton Rouge.

"This is still  an active investigation. From the documents you received today, you learned what the suspect told deputies," said Sheriff Jason Ard. "The victim cannot speak for herself. We must rely on evidence to find the truth."

Detectives said Denham went to meet Landry on Dunn Road in Denham Springs around 5 a.m. Monday. They added friends and family got worried after she didn't return home and didn't answer her cellphone.

After recovering her vehicle, the report states that a search warrant was obtained for the nearby property. They found Denham's body in a shed.

Landry was questioned and he allegedly told investigators that he had arranged to get a massage from Denham. He noted that the massage "Involved a sexual favor" and that he agreed to pay her $140.

The report states that after the exchange, Landry went into the other room. When he came back, he claims he caught Denham attempting to take his computer bag with his wallet.

Landry allegedly confronted Denham and an "altercation occurred" and Landry beat Denham in the head with a pipe and choked her to death.

"Then Christopher grabbed the lifeless body of Kayla Denham and put her body in a plastic container and placed the container with the body in the shed, then placed a tarp over the container," states the report.

"At this point in our investigation, I am going to tell you that based on the evidence we've collected up until now, the suspect's version of what happened is not fully supported by what we've uncovered," noted Sheriff Ard. "Again, this is an ongoing investigation."

Landry is charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. He is being held in the Livingston Parish Detention Center on a bond of $250,000.

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A representative for Denham's family released the following statement after the new information was released to the media:

Kayla was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin and friend. She had a wonderful and loving soul that brought light and joy to everyone around her. Her family and friends love her dearly and miss her terribly, and are focused on grieving our unspeakable loss and honoring her memory. We trust in our law enforcement system and believe the truth will prevail and justice will be served for this horrendous crime.

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