Man previously pointed handgun at woman
About a month ago, Sedric Richard, 39, pointed a handgun at his live-in girlfriend, then himself in their mobile home on Pecue Lane and was arrested for domestic abuse battery.
On Sunday, Richard followed through and pulled the trigger, killing Brittany Rogers, 26, at their residence before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s spokeswoman said.
Based on a preliminary investigation, the East Baton Rouge Parish coroner, Dr. Beau Clark, said Rogers suffered one gunshot wound to the chest, and Richard had one gunshot wound to the head.
Based on the size of the wounds, he said, a small-caliber handgun may have been used.
Around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a report that shots had been fired at the residence, 7550 Pecue Lane, Lot 10, in the Pecue Mobile Home Estates.
They found two bodies inside the mobile home where on Sept. 25 Richard was arrested after he pointed the handgun at Rogers, tore off her underwear with the gun in hand and also pointed the gun at himself before heading off to work.
The account of the arrest is detailed by a deputy in an affidavit of probable cause.
Rogers told deputies she did not want to press charges of attempted rape, instead only wishing to press domestic battery abuse charges, the deputy said in the affidavit.
The property manager of the Pecue Mobile Home Estates, Charlette Miller, said when Richard returned to the mobile home park the day after he was arrested for domestic abuse last month, he told her he learned his lesson and did not want to go back to prison.
She said she did not press him for details about what happened and he did not offer any.
The Sunday afternoon shooting deaths of the couple rocked the small mobile home community.
A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said he and his family had just returned from buying groceries at about 12:30 p.m. when he saw two or three Sheriff’s Office units pull up to the mobile home.
“They had cops all over the place,” the neighbor said. “They were looking around.
“They grabbed some guns — one guy grabbed a machine gun — and surrounded the trailer. One guy knocked on the door, and they swarmed the trailer.”
The tan mobile home that sat on Lot 10 had dark shutters and a shingled roof.
Miller, the estate manager, said there were two children, a boy and a girl both between 7 and 9 years old, who lived in the mobile home.
One neighbor said Richard referred to the girl as “princess” and the boy played football with the neighbor’s sons.
Savannah Williams, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, said the children were not home at the time of the shooting, adding they are now with family members.
Miller said Rogers worked at a plant, but Miller did not know which company she worked for, and Richard sometimes repaired neighbors’ lawnmowers.
“They mostly kept to themselves,” Miller said of Richard and Rogers.
She also said Richard was a bus driver, pointing to a white, unmarked shuttle-looking bus parked near the mobile home.
This is the second murder-suicide that occurred in Baton Rouge in the past week and the third this year.
The previous murder-suicide occurred on Willow Grove Boulevard when Dr. Karen Diamond shot her mother, Eula Diamond, the family chihuahua, then herself with a .22-caliber handgun.
The shooting occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon when Karen Diamond posted a cryptic message on Facebook and about 2:20 p.m. Monday when sheriff’s deputies found the bodies.
She did not leave a note, but a close friend said she battled depression for several years.