Death of Houma man turned over to FBI

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Posted on August 7, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Katie Urbaszewski / Houma Courier

The investigation surrounding what happened before a man died in a Houma Walmart has been turned over to the FBI, on the advice of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, a Terrebonne Sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

Throughout the two months that have passed since the death of Randolph Bonvillian, several investigating authorities have declined to say what they believe happened.

The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office, which is handling the autopsy, has not yet released their report to the Terrebonne Coroner’s Office, which will ultimately determine cause of death, said Terrebonne forensic investigator Danny Theriot.

Terrebonne District Attorney Joe Waitz recused his office from the investigation and met with Letten, who suggested it be turned over to the FBI, said Terrebonne Sheriff’s Capt. Dawn Foret.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s office had previously been investigating the case. Its investigation is complete, but they cannot comment on the case while the FBI is investigating, Foret said.

Letten's office does not comment on ongoing investigations, spokeswoman Anna Christman said.

Bonvillian died after Houma Police tried to subdue him at Walmart, Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis has said. He died at the store, and an undetermined amount of meth was later found in his system.

Three officers involved in the scuffles were treated for sprains, Duplantis said.

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