Orleans coroner rules Reserve couple’s drowning deaths homicide

Orleans coroner rules Reserve couple’s drowning deaths homicide

Orleans coroner rules Reserve couple’s drowning deaths homicide

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Posted on April 4, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 4 at 1:41 PM

Danny Monteverde / The Advocate
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The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office on Friday classified the drowning deaths of Lakeitha and Kenneth Joseph as homicides.

An autopsy determined each of the Josephs were alive when someone bound them at the feet with blue nylon rope, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator. The Reserve couple was reported missing Feb. 19 and their bodies were pulled from the Intracoastal Waterway last month, although weeks apart from each other.

A preliminary autopsy revealed that the couple died weeks before they were discovered, but neither of the Josephs was shot, stabbed, strangled or beaten.

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