Posted: Aug 6, 2010 6:22 PM by Kate Mundy
Updated: Aug 4, 2011 5:57 PM
KATC has learned more about the man arrested for the murder of a pizza delivery driver. Aaron Orlando Richards has been in and out of jail since he was a teenager. He served 10 years in prison.
But, did the newlywed and stepfather of three brutally murder delivery driver Tim Falgout? His criminal history tells one story. It includes second degree battery from 1995, assault with a dangerous weapon in November of 1996, along with discharging a firearm and criminal damage to property. He also was held on a $40,000 bond for a cocaine charge in 1996. By 2009 he faced and armed robbery charge in Kaplan. 2010 brought a second degree robbery charge in Lafayette.
Richards also had an outstanding felony warrant waiting on him in Kaplan for aggravated second degree battery after an attack at a convenience store. A man claims Richards struck him in the face with a glass bottle and then hit him with his fist after the man asked for a ride outside the Food and Fun.
"He had to go to the emergency officers couldn't tell how bad he was hurt because his face was full of blood," said Kaplan Chief Boyd Adams. The alleged attack happened March 27th, two nights before the Pizza Hut murder. But police couldn't track-down Richards to make an arrest. "It is frustrating, you know, I would've loved to have caught him before something else happened like that," said Adams.
Richards' wife Natasha paints a vastly different picture than the criminal history shows. She says her husband may be a tattoo-covered fighter and convicted felon but she insists, he's not a murderer. The two married June 30th of this year. Richards got himself a job selling cars in Virginia and he started attending church every Sunday.
"Aaron is not this monster that he seems to be portrayed as to everybody. Aaron is a flawed human being, aaron has a past that he's trying to let go of, that he's trying to move on from and build a better life for himself, build a better life with me and the kids."
Richards' family in Kaplan told KATC, they are sorry for Falgout's family. They just want justice to take its course and they say Aaron is innocent until proven guilty. Investigators say DNA will prove their case.