Former deputy to appeal death penalty

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A convicted killer and rapist who held bank employees, including his estranged wife, hostage 17 years ago is asking a Terrebonne Parish judge to reduce his death sentence to life.

The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1fXkvHc ) Chad Louviere, who worked as a Terrebonne Parish deputy, committed the crimes in a single day in October 1996, all in uniform.

New Orleans-based attorney Caroline Tillman said at an evidentiary hearing Wednesday Louviere’s trial was riddled with legal errors, and his sentence deserves a second look.

Louviere’s trial lawyers prematurely advised him to plead guilty and did not properly investigate the crime scene, Tillman said. Additionally, they could have easily argued an insanity defense. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychosis. He also had a long family history of mental illness and sexual abuse.

Diagnosed with mental illness as a teenager, Louviere’s failing marriage and a grueling work schedule ignited his manic and psychotic rape and killing spree, Tillman alleges in court papers. The split devastated him and he seldom slept, adding to his mental distress.

Because of his acute mental health problems, he did not understand the charges against him, which renders his guilty plea involuntary, she said.

A sanity hearing is slated for December before Judge John Walker.

The legal move angers Glynn Duplantis, whose daughter Pamela Duplantis, 27, was killed by Louviere during the crime spree.

Glynn Duplantis said Louviere deserves death “not only for what he did to my daughter, but for the other girls too — the way he did what he did.”

“They’re trying to say he’s mentally ill, and I don’t think he is,” he said.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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