Reserve couple found guilty in beating death of 8-year-old
EDGARD, LA — A St. John the Baptist Parish jury today returned a guilty verdict in the case against a Reserve couple for the 2008 beating death of an 8-year-old Louisiana boy, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
After eight days of testimony, the jury found Errol Victor, 48, guilty of second-degree murder and Tonya Victor, 40, guilty of manslaughter in the death of Tonya’s 8-year-old son, M.L. Lloyd, III.
Attorney General Caldwell said, “Our office has pursued justice for this innocent child’s death for several years and we are extremely pleased with the jury’s verdict.”
Prosecutors argued that on April 1, 2008, M.L. was severely whipped and beaten before his parents took him to a LaPlace hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Doctors say extensive bruises were found covering the boy’s body, indicating trauma caused his death.
“Special Assistant Attorney General Julie Cullen and Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Blake, along with the St. John the Baptist Sheriff’s Department, presented a strong case that clearly proved that these defendants were guilty of killing their son. We are hopeful they will both spend the rest of their lives in prison,” said Caldwell.
The Victors are due back in court on Aug. 18th for pre-sentencing motions in the 40th Judicial District Court.