Thursday, March 1, 2012

Jefferson Parish, LA: Jeff grand jury indicts 68-year-old Marrero woman in husband's homicide

In one of two cases handed up by a Jefferson Parish grand jury Thursday, a 68-year-old Marrero woman was indicted in the death of her husband, who was fatally wounded by the .357-caliber Magnum bullet she allegedly fired during a domestic dispute. In the other, grand jurors indicted a Harvey man with raping a Kenner girl.

Dora D. Adair, 5044 Dueling Oaks Ave., was charged with second-degree murder, accused of shooting James Adair, 67, in their home on Nov. 1. If convicted as charged, Adair would be sentenced to mandatory life in prison.
Adair admitted she shot her husband during an argument in which he allegedly slapped her in the face, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office affidavit. He allegedly followed as she retreated to a bedroom and to the kitchen. In the kitchen, he grabbed a knife and threatened to kill her, according to the affidavit.
She then went to the garage, and instead of leaving the home she armed herself with his pistol, returned to the kitchen and shot him in his stomach, according to the affidavit.
Dora Adair was initially booked with second-degree battery, and as a condition of her $25,000 bond, she was ordered to stay away from her husband as he recovered in a New Orleans hospital, court records show. But the Sheriff's Office never rebooked her after her husband died days later and instead s consulted the district attorney's office.
With the grand jury's murder indictment, Assistant District Attorney Tonia Williams sought a $500,000 bond Thursday, a request 24th Judicial District Court Judge Hans Liljeberg granted. Adair was not in custody Thursday afternoon, according to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. Court records do not indicate whether she has an attorney.

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