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Suspect arrested, accused of murder in retired principal’s death

Posted at 11:00 AM, Oct 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-07 12:00:10-04

Morgan City Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of a retired St. Mary Parish Principal.

Michael Guidry, 50, of Morgan City, has been arrested and booked with first-degree murder, bank fraud and violation of his parole. He was arrested early Sunday, police say.

He’s accused in connection with the October 1 death of Patricia Lyn Russo, 70. Her body was found inside her home on Walnut Drive.

“Investigators’ initial assessment of the circumstances and evidence indicated that foul play was involved,” a release from Morgan City Police says. “Upon completion of the autopsy, the death was ruled a homicide. During the course of the investigation, Michael L. Guidry was developed as a suspect and warrants were issued for his arrest.”

Morgan City Police, with help from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, found Guidry Saturday in Independence. He was arrested there, booked into that jail as a fugitive, then transported to the Morgan City Jail where he was booked this morning. His bond is set at $1.2 million.

The investigation is still ongoing and if anyone has any information you are urged to contact the Morgan City Police Department at (985)-380-4605.