Thursday, August 23, 2012

Port Allen, LA: Port Allen woman convicted of manslaughter in husband’s death

PORT ALLEN — A West Baton Rouge Parish jury convicted a Port Allen woman of manslaughter Thursday for fatally stabbing her husband during a heated argument in 2011.

Staci Alvarado, 29, who faces up to 40 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of Luis Alvarado, 30, goes before 18th Judicial District Judge Robin Free on Oct. 3 for sentencing.

Staci Alvarado has been imprisoned in the West Baton Rouge Parish Detention Center since her arrest.

Shortly after the verdict, District Attorney Ricky Ward credited jurors for being able to see through the defendant’s claim of self-defense.

According to court records, Port Allen police called to the couple’s mobile home at 1534 Court St., Lot 2, on May 5, 2011, found Luis Alvarado dead of multiple stab wounds to the torso.

There were signs of the struggle throughout the residence, police reported at the time.

Ward said Staci Alvarado claimed her husband, an illegal immigrant, had been deported, but returned to the United States and attacked her after she gave birth during his absence to a baby fathered by his brother.

Video interrogation footage viewed by the jury Wednesday showed Staci Alvarado telling police at the scene of the crime that her husband had been “beating her senseless” and claiming she didn’t remember stabbing him.

Port Allen police Detective Jeremy Thompson testified he didn’t see any defensive wounds on Staci Alvarado the night of the incident.

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