A Louisiana man
has confessed to strangling or suffocating 23 men during
an eight-year killing spree and dumping their bodies in
remote spots in seven parishes, police said.
Dominique, 42, was charged Monday with nine additional
counts of murder, bringing the total to 11 counts
against him--10 for first-degree murder and one
for second-degree murder.
sheriff Jerry Larpenter said Dominique confessed to
killing 23 men, all males between the ages of 16 and 46,
between 1997 and 2005. ''He stated how, when, and
where they were killed,'' Larpenter said.
Joseph Waitz, the
parish's district attorney, said his office will seek
the death penalty for Dominique, who was being held Monday
in Terrebonne Parish jail.
Dominique, who is
indigent, has not yet had a lawyer appointed and did
not have one present during questioning. Sheriff's officials
say the confession is solid and that Dominique
supplied details that hadn't been released and that
only the killer and investigators would know.
Authorities are investigating his claims, and more charges
bodies were found in seven different south Louisiana
parishes. All were found bound and had been killed in
similar fashion, Larpenter said, leading investigators
to suspect the work of a serial killer.
Dominique said he had sex with each of the victims.
Jefferson Parish sheriff Harry Lee said investigators have
DNA evidence linking Dominique to at least two of the
Les Bonano, an
investigator with Louisiana attorney general Charles
Foti's office, said all 23 victims were homeless.
the biggest break in the case came within the past year,
when a man told authorities Dominique had attacked him.
Family members of
victims gathered outside the Houma, La., building
where authorities held Monday's news conference. Jodie
LeBouef, sister of victim Nicholas Pellegrin, cried
and held pictures of her brother. Dominique has not
been charged with his death.
''I'm glad they
got him. I hope he gets the death penalty,'' LeBouef
said. ''My brother didn't deserve for anything to happen to
him. My brother would do anything for anybody.'' (AP)
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