Ex-deputy indicted in husband's death
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A former deputy for the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office has been charged in the December shooting death of her husband.
A St. Martin Parish grand jury on Thursday charged Chrystal Alexander with second-degree murder.
Alexander, a former lieutenant in the Sheriff's Office, is accused of killing Kendall Alexander, 34, at the couple's home in Breaux Bridge on Dec. 29. She appeared Friday at a video hearing in the Lafayette Parish Courthouse.
State district court Commissioner Thomas Frederick set Alexander's bail at $150,000. It was not known if she was represented by an attorney.
Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars said Alexander will be arraigned Aug. 5.
State police took over the investigation almost immediately after Kendall Alexander was killed. From the beginning of the investigation, detectives believed Chrystal Alexander shot her husband but didn't know the details.
According to court records, the Alexanders had a tumultuous relationship.
In 2005, before they were married, she filed a restraining order against him. She claimed he grabbed her hair and hit her after she told him she wouldn't marry him.
Kendall Alexander also faced problems at work. He was a Breaux Bridge police officer charged in December 2007 in a 23-count indictment that alleged he was an accessory after the fact in a financial fraud case that involved four others. Kendall Alexander later pleaded guilty to one count of malfeasance in office, receiving a suspended sentence of three years in prison at hard labor. The episode ended his law enforcement care