Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:12 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:12:52 GMT
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on theMore >>
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on the girl, even after she told him that she was in pain.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:10:44 GMT
WWL-TV reports there has been a possible explosion in Washington Parish early Tuesday morning. The station stated on its website officials are on their way to the town of Isabel to investigate. According toMore >>
There was a gas line explosion early Tuesday morning, according to Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. The gas fire is out, but trees in the area are still burning. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:36:47 GMT
Louisiana State Police reports I-10 East is closed at Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge due to multiple crashes. Traffic on I-10 East is being diverted onto I-49 North.Drivers trying to get toMore >>
Louisiana State Police said I-10 East was closed for a while Tuesday morning due to multiple crashes near Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:18 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:18:50 GMT
A man accused of stealing air conditioners was arrested on theft and drug charges Monday. Johnny Williams Jr., 34, of Hammond, faces charges of felony theft and possession of marijuana. The Tangipahoa ParishMore >>
A man accused of stealing air conditioners was arrested on theft and drug charges Monday. Witnesses said they saw him take the units. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:37:41 GMT
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported Justo Venegas, 31, is wanted on a charge of forcible rape. Chief DeputyMore >>
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. He is wanted for forcible rape involving a girl. More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Sean Vincent Gillis' mother and family members of Gillis' victims took the stand Sunday to give emotional testimonies during the second day of the sentencing process.
Gillis' conviction pleased family members because they get a chance to participate in the trial.
Lauren Williams, daughter of Johnnie Mae Williams, communicated with Gillis during a short break while she was on the stand.
"I looked at him and I had to eyeball him and ask him why," Williams said. "He couldn't answer. He did his shoulder like this and said he was sorry. I don't feel that he's sorry. He's just sorry he's here."
Justin Bennett's voice cracked as he talked about the sorrow of losing his mother, Donna Bennet Johnston, who was strangled to death in 2004.
"I really tried to just not pay attention to him being there," he said. "I wasn't there for him. I was there for my mother, and that's where she wanted me to be so that's where I was."
The defense called Gillis's mother, Yvonne Gillis, as their first witness.
"You try and give the jury a true picture of the person as opposed to the small snap shot of the things that he did," said Kerry Cuccia, defense attorney.
Yvonne Gillis told the jury that she raised her son as a single parent and talked about bringing Sean to her job in the traffic department of WBRZ-TV from the early 1960's to 1977.
"Sean grew up at the television station," she said.
"Mrs. Gillis was interviewed at our request very early on, so I knew what she was going to say," said Prem Burns, prosecutor.
Often during testimony, sad facts emerge about what happens to the victims. Justin Bennett told the jury that his family often meets at the spot off Ben Hur Road where his mother was killed.
They also visit the cemetary but have not been able to get a proper headstone for Donna Bennett Johnston. She was buried four years ago.