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Handley indicted for conspiracy, kidnapping charges

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A Lafayette Parish grand jury has indicted Lawrence Handley in the kidnapping of his estranged wife. 

The grand jury handed up an indictment against Handley on charges of conspiracy to commit second degree murder; conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping; aggravated kidnapping; attempted second-degree kidnapping; second-degree kidnapping; and violation of a domestic violence protective order.
All of the charges except the protective order violation are felonies.

Handley remains in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center where he has been since his arrest a few days after his estranged wife's kidnapping. Earlier this month, a state district judge denied his request for bail. 

Handley's estranged wife was kidnapped from her Lafayette home in August. She was bound, blindfolded and gagged by two men who fled in a van. When they ran into a traffic jam on Interstate 10 the men abandoned the van and ran into the woods. Police later found their bodies floating in the Intracostal Waterway; they had drowned.  Her 27-year-old captors, Sylvester Bracey and Arsenio Montreal Haynes of Jackson, Mississippi, had criminal records that included violence against women. 

To read our most recent story on the case, click here

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