Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Eunice, LA: Convicted murder arrested in Shreveport accused of wife's death


More than 20 years after her brother, Michael Ensley's death, comedian and celebrity Niecy Nash was forced to relive that moment. Her brother's convicted killer, Robert Lee Heard, was arrested Saturday and charged with murder again.

Nash released a statement on the incident saying, "No family should have to endure the loss of a loved one at the hands of a previously convicted violent criminal."

Heard allegedly killed his wife, Demetra Doyle Heard, in the quiet community of Eunice, Louisiana on Saturday. Shortly after Demetra's body was found Eunice police enlisted the help of Shreveport police. Eunice detectives suspected Heard would head to the Ark-La-Tex since he has relatives in the Shreveport area.

Shreveport got a call that Heard was at the 1100 block of Prospect Street. The caller saw a car that matched the description that Eunice police gave to Shreveport outside a home on the street. Police approached the vehicle and the suspect was inside.

"When they tried to stop him at that point he fled and led them on a brief pursuit," said Bill Goodin with the Shreveport Police Department. "Eventually as he was exiting off of interstate 20 onto Jewella Avenue, he apparently struck a curb and blew out two of his tires. The officers were able to take him into custody without incident at that point."

Eunice police arrived shortly after that to take Heard back to south Louisiana where he was booked and charged with murder.

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