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In 2015 slaying of Highland Road couple, jury picked Tuesday; opening statements set Wednesday | Courts – New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-09-28 21:55:00 –

A jury was elected for a Florida man accused of brutally murdering a couple on Highland Road in the 1970s on Tuesday night.

The opening statement of Frank Garcia’s first-class murder trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning. He will be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted of the murders of Dennis “Baby” Duplantier (71 years old) and Sae Yamamoto “Susie” Duplantier (70 years old).

Ernesto Lerena Alonso, who worked on landscaping for Garcia’s cousin Duplantier and lived on other property they own, faces the same number of murders and will be tried separately later.

Prosecutors revealed on Tuesday which of the two men would be the first to be tried in the 2015 robbery, beating, kidnapping, and strangulation of Highland Road …

The couple’s strangled body was found on October 19, 2015, in the backseat of a red pickup at a Hammond gas station.

Duplantiers were robbed and beaten at Highland Road’s home, where they spent almost all of their 48-year marriage before being kidnapped and killed, officials said.

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Authorities found that the safe in Duplantier’s house was open and lacking cash. Blood was in some rooms. Authorities believe Garcia, 53, and Alonso, 48, from Hollywood, Florida, entered the couple’s house and beat them to get the information they needed to open the safe.

Authorities have found many items in Garcia’s residence in Florida that appear to have been stolen from homes containing large amounts of cash and jewelry.

Six years after the hanged body of the Baton Rouge couple in the 70’s was found in the backseat of a pickup at a Hammond gas station …

According to officials, Alonso’s white pickup truck was captured in a surveillance video as he chased a couple’s car at Hammond’s Petro truck stop. Alonso’s truck was later discovered at Garcia’s home in Florida.

Judge Tiffany Foxworth Roberts of the State District Court presides over the case.



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