Man indicted in ‘assault induced stress’ death

A 20-year-old Baton Rouge man was indicted Thursday in the Aug. 17 killing of a 53-year-old man who died of “assault-induced stress” after being robbed on North Sherwood Forest Boulevard.

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged Hank Cage, 1864 Pamela Drive, with second-degree murder in the death of Terrance Booker.

A second-degree murder conviction would carry an automatic sentence of life in prison.

First Assistant District Attorney Prem Burns said Thursday the official cause of death was acute exacerbation of asthma and coronary arterial thrombosis due to assault-induced stress, and coronary arterial plaque rupture due to the assault.

“The ultimate cause of death in this case was the robbery and beating of Booker, and death would not have occurred but for the attack,” Burns said.

The grand jury also indicted Brian Wright, 26, 1718 Boulevard De Province, on a charge of accessory after the fact to purse snatching, alleging he “harbored, concealed and aided” Cage “to escape from arrest, trial, conviction or punishment.”

The grand jury further charged Wright with a felony charge of simple criminal damage to property. He is accused of flooding the Violent Crime Unit’s entire holding cell at State Police headquarters by damaging a toilet, Baton Rouge police have said.

Booker was robbed near the 1700 block of North Sherwood Forest Boulevard about 1 p.m. on Aug. 17, police said. He later died at a local hospital.

Wright was captured after crashing his vehicle into a fence a few blocks from the crime scene, police stated.

Cage’s and Wright’s cases have been assigned to state District Judge Tony Marabella.