(BATON ROUGE ADVOCATE) — The fetus inside the body of a woman found slain in a sugar cane field June 14 was fathered by the man accused in the killing, a Baton Rouge Police Department official said, citing findings from a crime lab report released Thursday.
But a lawyer for Robert Jovantie Marks said the evidence doesn’t link his client to the slaying of his co-worker Lyntell Washington, a 40-year-old Baton Rouge school administrator whose badly decomposed body was found nearly a week after she was last seen.
The case, which has drawn national intrigue, has involved dozens of lawmen who searched a 15-mile radius of bayous, fields and forests around the Ramah area for one day and who suspended the exhaustive multiagency hunt a few days before Washington’s body was found just outside Rosedale in the humid summer heat.
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“Congratulations,” said Marks’ attorney Lionel “Lon” Burns on Friday, about the paternity finding. “Let us know when they find who Ms. Washington’s killer is.”