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Natchitoches Police Officer Robert Barthelemy indicted on all 3 counts

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Robert Barthelemy accused of killing Tony Procell Robert Barthelemy accused of killing Tony Procell
SABINE PARISH, La. -

A Grand Jury has indicted Robert Barthelemy on all three counts. Barthelemy is charged with first degree murder, home invasion and second degree kidnapping.

The Sabine Parish District Attorney presented the murder case against Robert Barthelemy to a grand jury on Wednesday. It took two and a half hours to do so and for the jury to vote.

"The most serious crime of course is first degree murder," said Don Burkett, district attorney for Sabine Parish. "It's punishable by either life in prison or death by lethal injection."

The Natchitoches Police Officer is accused of killing Tony Procell. Surveillance video shows Barthelemy kidnapping Procell from his home on August 20. Barthelemy was arrested later that day.

Agencies across three parishes searched for Procell for five days. His body was found in a shallow grave near Saline Lake in Winn Parish.

Procell's family members were present for the decision reading Wednesday. Burkett said he will consult the family on whether or not to go for the death penalty.

"We have discussed it and they understand the possibilities," said Burkett. "The final determination is mine but I feel comfortable enough to tell you the decisions I make will be consistent with what the family desires also."

Arraignment for Barthelemy will be on September 26, 2013. That is where he will enter either a guilty or not guilty plea. 

 

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