Man sentenced to life still faces charges

A Baton Rouge man once described by East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III as a menace will spend the rest of his life in jail on a sex-crime conviction.

But now Moore and his staff are pondering whether to proceed with charges against Percy Cage, 44, in the 2009 slayings of a pregnant woman and her teenage brother and the 2008 shooting injury of a former girlfriend.

Moore said Friday the victims’ families have been and will continue to be involved in the discussions.

“We are going to assess the remaining counts following the Supreme Court’s affirmation of Cage’s conviction and life sentence and make a determination as to the best course of action on the remaining charges,” Moore said Friday.

Those charges include second-degree murder and second-degree feticide in the 2009 shooting deaths of Tanya Smith, 31, and her brother, Renea Boreaux, 15, while they slept in their Syble Drive home. Smith was eight months pregnant. Police said Cage was her ex-boyfriend.

The shootings culminated a series of run-ins Smith had reported to police.

Two hours after Smith reported to police on July 27, 2009, that Cage punched her in the face and held her at bay, several shots were fired into the back of her house, according to an arrest warrant.

Smith told police at the time that Cage claimed he was going to put a hit on her family, the warrant added.

Also that day, Cage allegedly hit Smith during an argument and threatened her with a screwdriver while she, Cage and her 2-year-old son drove on Evangeline Street, according to a police report.

Two weeks later, Smith and Boreaux were killed, shot multiple times when several bullets were fired into their home about 4:35 a.m. Aug. 14. Two other people were in the house Bat the time but were not hit by the gunfire.

Cage also is accused of beating and shooting a former girlfriend in January 2008. She was shot in the chest but survived.

He faces an attempted second-degree murder charge in that case.

In the sex-crime case, Cage was found guilty in 2011 of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, and state District Judge Tony Marabella sentenced him as a fourth-felony offender to life in prison.

Cage was accused in that case of having sexual intercourse with a girl between February 2006 and January 2008 when she was under the age of 17.

The other felony convictions leading to that fourth-felony status were from 1990, 1995 and 2000 of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, first-degree robbery and illegal possession of stolen things, respectively.

On Oct. 11 of this year, the Louisiana Supreme Court unanimously let Cage’s sex-crime conviction and life term stand without offering written reasons.

Cage is scheduled to appear before Marabella on Dec. 17 for a status hearing on his remaining charges, including the second-degree murder charges that could result in yet two more life sentences.