Police: Felony charge says man had wife kidnapped and abused

There appears to be an increase of cases of marital disaffection so fierce that some spouses turn to hit men to murder or abuse, torture and/or blackmail their estranged spouses. Authorities recently arrested a Louisiana man and charged him with conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping, and a felony charge consisting of violating a protective order to not harm his wife. Police accuse him of hiring two criminals to storm into his wife's home, put a black bag over her head and kidnap her in the back of a van.

The victim, who was saved by police later the same day, says that the men stripped, tortured and abused her, while threatening to rape and murder her. The police spotted the van driving erratically on Interstate 10 and pursued it. The van got stuck in the mud and the two men  fled into a swampy area where they drowned. Their bodies were found the next day.

It is unclear what motive, if any, that the police are attributing to the accused, but he is reportedly in a bitter divorce case with his wife. The parties have protective orders against each other. The husband recently sold a drug rehab network for $21 million. That fact could play into the case if it is alleged that the defendant was trying to scare the victim into giving up any claims of property division in the divorce.

The death of the two men may make it more difficult for the prosecution to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt under Louisiana law on the misdemeanors and the felony charge. Without the testimony of the decedents, the prosecutor may have to strain to show a direct connection between the husband and the two dead kidnappers. Defense counsel has a duty to aggressively exploit every bit of doubt that exists with respect to contacts of the accused with the two criminals.

Source:, "Louisiana Businessman Arrested For Conspiracy To Kidnap Wife Amid Divorce", Aug. 21, 2017

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