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How can one be charged with murder and no body is found?

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Jacqueline "Daisy" Landry | Malik Davis Jacqueline "Daisy" Landry | Malik Davis

When Malik Davis was charged with second-degree murder in connection to the disappearance of "Daisy" Landry, many asked 'how?'

KATC Investigates uncovered the suspect, Malik Davis has a lengthy rap sheet, including arrests for drug possession, battery, and more. 

But a question so many are asking - how can he be arrested for murder without a body?

St. Martin Parish attorney Chester Cedars said, "For an individual to be arrested for a homicide even though there is no body, a judge would have had to be convinced that more probably than not there was, based upon what was presented to that judge, sufficient evidence that that individual did in fact commit the homicide even though there is no body." 

Cedars is a former assistant district attorney in St. Martin Parish.

He added, "The first thing that a prosecutor would want to do if that prosecutor is bringing the case to trial is to discount any other explanation why the person has gone missing - no drugs, no boyfriend or girlfriend that they would elope with, no family problems. You just preclude all of that." 

There are eerie similarities to the 2012 murder of Mickey Shunick.

When Brandon Lavergne was arrested, he was charged with murder. Mickey's body wasn't found for another month. 

Daisy's family is enlisting the help of volunteers with Acadian Search and Rescue. Volunteer search crews will begin searching waterways in the days to come.

There is still no word yet on where her body could be.

The family is asking for privacy at this time.

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