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Jul 14, 2013 5:42 PM by katc

Assistant District Attorney Reportedly Filing Papers to Seek Death Penalty Against Landon Broussard

The Daily Advertiser is reporting Assistant District Attorney William T. Babin has filed papers to seek the death penalty against Landon Broussard, in the death of 3-year old Julian Madera. If Broussard's case goes to trial, he could be the first defendant to fight for his life before a Lafayette jury in decades.

Broussard is charged with first degree murder in the toddler's death. His girlfriend - Madera's mother - Laura Smith, is charged with second degree cruelty to a juvenile in the death of her son. In March, a Lafayette Grand Jury indicted both of them.

Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office investigators say the toddler suffered severe blunt force trauma to the head, face and neck. He also had a split lip, part of one ear was torn and there were also apparent traumatic injuries to the boy's privates.



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