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Rape Defendant Convicted


Terry L. Leonard

The trial in the case of State of Louisiana v. Terry Lynn Leonard began Monday, May 2, 2022, in the Ouachita Parish Courthouse. The defendant was charged with one count each of First-Degree Rape, Aggravated Kidnapping, Simple Arson, Home Invasion, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. After a week-long trial, a unanimous jury found Leonard guilty as charged on all counts. The jury determined that on July 14, 2018, the defendant entered the victim's home after knocking in a window air conditioner unit. He encountered the 78-year-old victim in her home, raped her, drug her to her vehicle, and forced...

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