NEW ORLEANS – On Friday morning, Archie Jefferson, brother of former Congressman William Jefferson, found his wife with trauma to her head in their Broadmoor home, according to police.
Officers were called out to the 3400 block of South Broad Street by Archie Jefferson around 3:30 a.m.
He told police that he returned home to find his wife, Sandy Peters Jefferson, in a pool of blood on the floor of an upstairs bedroom.
She was rushed to University Hospital in serious condition and is undergoing treatment.
"She is still alive at that local hospital, pending medical review and medical care," said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
Archie Jefferson's Triple J construction truck, which was parked in the driveway, was towed away by the NOPD after they obtained a warrant.
“We’re trying not to speculate on what’s going on until after the investigation is fully complete,” said Officer Frank Robertson.
Sources tell Eyewitness News that detectives are looking at Jefferson the way they would look at any husband in a similar case. They also said there were questionable explanations about what might have led up to the incident.
But Serpas has remained tight-lipped about the investigation. "At this time, we have spoken to Mr. Jefferson and several others and suspects have not been fully developed and/or if they have been fully developed, I wouldn't be at liberty to divulge who they are."
"I've always admired them - wonderful people," Shirley, a neighbor, said.
Police referred to the incident as a tragedy while on the scene. Many of the violent cases, similar to this one, are hard for officers to take, Robertson said.
Seven police cars responded to the home, and the scene was clear by 9 a.m.
Archie Jefferson has had brushes with the law before, when he was convicted of practicing law without a license and of issuing worthless checks in the 1990s.
Neighbors say the Jeffersons were a friendly couple.
"Our heart pours out to the Jefferson family, to Archie, to Sandra's family and just our prayers are with them and just sadness is the first thing we felt," said Lisa Fitzpatrick, a neighbor. "It's just a phenomenal place to be and so when these tragedies strike, it just really cuts at the heart of the community."