DECOMPOSED BODY FOUND
On October 29, 2008, the badly decomposed body of Kerry Anthony Lane, 35, was found in a wooded area at 98 T. Man Lucas Road in Deville, Louisiana.
Lane was shot in the chest, stuffed into a plastic container and buried by Bobby Christopher Lucas (legal name change from Chris Lee in March 2008), his “male companion.”
Sadly, Lane was not reported missing by his family in St. Rose or by mutual friends of his and Lucas’, even though he had not been seen for over 13 months.
Lucas, whose address at the time of arrest was T. Man Lucas Road, obviously had no qualms about continuing to live in the home he shared with Lane, knowing Lane’s remains was only a short walk away.
POLICE JUROR CLAIMS SELF-DEFENSE
According to Jamie Floyd, then-Vice President of Rapides Parish Police Jury, who was interviewed by KALB while at the scene (video), the remains were discovered by Chris’ brothers and “when word got out” Chris turned himself in to authorities and confessed.
Floyd further theorized that Chris was involved in a violent relationship with Kerry, and “just knowing Chris, he must have thought his life was in danger…in some kind of relationship with this individual…an abusive relationship…”
I’m puzzled as to why a Police Juror was present at the crime scene (potentially contaminating) as this was clearly a criminal matter and the Police Jury purview is strictly legislative. Hmmm.
KILLER GETS SLAP ON THE WRIST!
Bobby Lucas, 39, was arrested in October 2008 and charged with 2nd Degree Murder according to the 2011 Grand Jury indictment.
On 10/15/12 Lucas, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in June, sat in the rear of the courtroom with his wife while George Higgins, his attorney, told the judge “He’s married, he’s changed his lifestyle and he’s a manager at an Alexandria fast food restaurant.”
A plea agreement was reached between Rapides Parish ADA Thomas “Rocky” Willson and defense attorney, and on 04/23/13 Judge Thomas Yeager found Lucas guilty of OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE by Not Informing Authorities about a Death and UNLAWFUL HANDLING OF REMAINS.
He was sentenced to only 10 years hard labor, suspended, three (3) years supervised probation, and ordered to pay $1,000 for Lane’s funeral expenses and $1,000 court costs.
- KALB Channel 5 Local News, broadcasted 10/30/08 @ 6pm
- KALB Channel 5 Local News, broadcasted 10/30/08 @ 12pm
- KLAX ABC 31 Local News, “Ruling on Bobby Christopher Lucas” article dated 04/23/13
- Alexandria Town Talk, “Body Found in Deville in Box Identified” article dated 11/08/08
- KSYL Cenla’s Talk Radio, broadcasted 10/16/12
- Louisiana RS 140:130.1 Obstruction of Justice