A Baton Rouge mother and daughter now both have trial dates in the 2014 death of an 82-year-old relative found naked in a wheelchair, sitting in feces and covered with severely infected bedsores.
Joleslie Looney, 56, and her daughter, Lauren Looney, 20, are charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 29, 2014, death of Bessie Looney. The elderly woman was Joleslie Looney's mother and Lauren Looney's grandmother.
State District Judge Mike Erwin on Tuesday set a March 19 trial date for Lauren Looney. The judge previously scheduled Joleslie Looney's trial for Feb. 5.
A 56-year-old Baton Rouge woman will stand trial early next year in the gruesome 2014 death …
A manslaughter conviction is punishable by up to 40 years in prison.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office classified Bessie Looney's death as a homicide after an autopsy showed she died in her North Acadian West home from a blood infection caused by infected bedsores. Malnutrition, dementia and heart disease also contributed to her death, the Coroner's Office has said.
Saying the circumstances of the case sickened him, a state judge set bail at $100,000 apiece…
Joleslie and Lauren Looney were the elderly woman's primary caregivers, authorities have said.
The mother and daughter told police they were aware of Bessie Looney's condition but said it did not appear severe to them, according to an affidavit of probable cause.