69-year-old accused of murder inside OLOL residential facility

Updated: Apr. 12, 2021 at 11:23 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A 69-year-old man is accused of beating and stabbing a fellow resident to death inside their senior living facility in Baton Rouge.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said the suspect, Larry Woodard, has been charged with second-degree murder and booked into parish prison.

Larry Woodard, 69, was arrested in connection to the stabbing death of Francis Marinelli, 67,...
Larry Woodard, 69, was arrested in connection to the stabbing death of Francis Marinelli, 67, in the 7500 block of Bishop Ott Drive.(EBRSO)

Woodard is accused of beating and stabbing Francis Marinelli, 67, a female, inside an apartment at the Our Lady of the Lake Senior Residential Living Facility on Bishop Ott Drive on Sunday, April 11, police said.

According to the arrest warrant, a blood trail led responding officers from Marinelli’s apartment to Woodwards and he answered the door holding a bloody knife.

The warrant added surveillance video showed Woodard leave his apartment, walk to Marinelli’s apartment, and attack her when she opened the door.

Police added the motive for the killing is still unknown. The warrant indicated Woodard refused to make a statement to detectives after being read his Miranda Rights but it also stated he told officers at the scene, without being asked, that he had stabbed the victim.

The facility, part of the Our Lady of Lake system, was started in 1992 as a way to “address the need for attractive, safe and affordable housing for the elderly in the Baton Rouge area,” according to the facility’s website. The facility provides low-income HUD housing for those 62 or older.

Anyone with information relative to this incident is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225)389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225)344-7867 (STOP).

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