Jul 9, 2010 7:12 AM by Sharlee Barriere
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - A judge has handed down a suspended
prison sentence to a 38-year-old Solitude woman in the shooting
death of a former St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputy in July 2006.
A physician testified at a sentencing hearing Thursday that he
found evidence that Lea London Williams had been abused when he
examined her after the fatal shooting of 45-year-old Jerry Butler.
District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla said he reduced a
second-degree murder charge against Williams to negligent homicide
after a state police crime lab report showed some of Williams'
blood was on Butler's clothing.
Williams pleaded no contest to the reduced charge in March, and
District Judge William G. Carmichael sentenced Williams to a
suspended three-year prison term and five years of supervised