BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Dominique Smith, the man convicted of slicing the throats of 3-year-old Juan Palmer, Jr., his mother 23-year-old Jessica Palmer, and her daughters, 4-year-old Paige Johnson and 6-month-old Robbyn Palmer, will never see the outside of prison walls again.
The crime happened on May 4, 2008, Jessica and her son Juan died that night. Paige Johnson and her baby sister survived. Paige is Smith's daughter.
The killings happened at Doyle's Bayou Park on Pride-Port Hudson Road. After the killings, Paige Johnson and Robbyn Palmer, the two young girls who survived, spent the evening in the park alone and injured. They were found the next afternoon by a BREC employee who was cutting grass. Jessica Palmer and her son were found in wooded area of the park.
Deputies praised the then four-year-old with saving another life. According to investigators, after the murders, the four-year-old, whose own throat had been cut, saved her baby sister.
"If you can imagine a little 4-year-old, who had been cut, pick up her 6-month-old infant sister and carrying her out of those woods and get as far as she did to the front of the park. That's just a miracle," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said back in May 2008.
Paige took the stand against Smith, her father, in a portion of the hearing in March. She testified that "Her dad and some lady" were at the park that night and that "he cut my momma's neck."
Smith was sentenced to life in prison for each murder and 50 years in prison for each attempted murder. All four terms are to run consecutively.