Oct 28, 2010 7:03 PM by Shawn Kline
A serial rapist wins a small victory in court.
Almost twelve years ago, Randy Comeaux pleaded guilty to six counts of aggravated rape; landing him in prison for life.
On Thursday, Comeaux got some of his life back.
"1, 2, 3," Attorney David Balfour began counting.
Balfour has a list of items- items Comeaux wants back.
"21." Balfour counted.
Nearly 12 years ago, police bagged more than two dozen objects from Comeaux's home.
Items ranging from rosaries to a briefcase and even a book titled, "Men who Rape." A book authored by a New England psychologist explaining his theories on why these crimes happen.
All were in Comeaux's possession.
"There were two items on the list that were in contention," Balfour said.
Comeaux, a former Lafayette deputy, was given all of those seized items back.
He was only denied ownership of a personalized Lafayette Sheriff's badge and a gun: a colt-python revolver Comeaux claims he purchased in 1982.
"We basically admitted everything." District Attorney Mike Harson says, "(everything) but the gun and the badge could be given back to him or the rightful owner."
But in a new twist, Harson says if Comeaux can prove he was the registered owner of the gun, the revolver could be returned to his family.
"Unless something like that happens," Harson said, "I think this should be the end of it."
The end of a cold case conviction, spanning nearly three decades.