by Joe Gyan Jr.
Advocate staff writer
September 10, 2012
A 32-year-old man pleaded guilty to manslaughter Sunday and was sentenced to 17 years in prison in the June 2010 slaying of a Baton Rouge woman whose burned remains were discovered in a St. Gabriel pasture.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Camari Bookter’s attorneys made the offer to prosecutors, and the family of 22-year-old Kasey Ann Eackels agreed to it, bringing Bookter’s second-degree murder trial to an abrupt end.
“We discussed this thoroughly with the victim’s family. This is something they wanted,” Moore said.
Eackels, a mother of three young children, was last seen with Bookter on June 3, 2010, the day her family reported her missing. Bookter and Eackels were seen early that morning at the Triple A Bar on Bennington Avenue and later at his apartment on GSRI Avenue, sheriff’s officials have said.
Bookter was seen leaving the apartment later that day and returning again a short time later. Eackels was not seen leaving the apartment, sheriff’s officials stated.
Detectives spoke with Bookter via cellphone on June 7, 2010, and he told them Eackels had left his apartment after they argued, authorities said. Bookter would not tell detectives where he was, they said.
Two days later, a St. Gabriel resident checking on his horses found what turned out to be Eackels’ body near La. 141, about three miles from the highway’s intersection with La. 75. Witnesses told police they saw a fire burning in the area June 3, 2010, the day Eackels was reported missing, but did not report it to authorities because the blaze was in a field and not close to any residences.
Prosecutor Kory Tauzin told jurors Friday that Eackels suffered a stab wound to the neck.
Bookter was previously convicted of second-degree kidnapping, attempted armed robbery and illegal possession of stolen things. He was in prison for those crimes from March 1998 until July 2007. Bookter went back to prison in September 2007 after his parole was revoked and was released again in April 2008.