The man accused of torturing and strangling an elderly Baton Rouge couple and dumping their bodies at a Hammond gas station is fighting his extradition from Florida to Louisiana to face charges in the grisly case.
Ernesto Llerena Alonso, 42, of Baton Rouge, told a Fort Lauderdale judge Monday morning that he opposes his extradition, according to the Broward County prosecutor’s office. A Nov. 19 hearing has since been scheduled to argue the merits of extraditing Alonso.
Alonso was arrested Wednesday morning in Hollywood, Florida, in the deaths of Denis “Bubbie” Duplantier, 71, and Suzanne “Suzy” Duplantier, 70, and is being held without bail.
Authorities say Alonso fled to south Florida after killing the couple in their Highland Road home and taking an unspecified amount of money from the family safe.
Upon his return to Baton Rouge, police plan to book him on counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree kidnapping, as well as unauthorized entry and possibly robbery.
According to police and a family friend, Alonso lived for a few years in an apartment atop a barn on family property off Nicholson Drive, not far from the family residence, and did occasional landscaping work for the couple.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said Alonso was born in Cuba but has a green card to live and work in the United States. Moore said there was a concern Alonso planned to flee the country. The district attorney said law enforcement are trying to confirm a report Alonso visited Cuba in the past few months.
Moore said his office is drafting an extradition warrant that will require the signatures of Gov. Bobby Jindal, as well as Louisiana’s attorney general and the secretary of state. The warrant will head to Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott before it can be considered by the Fort Lauderdale judge, Moore said. The only questions the court will consider on Nov. 19 is whether the warrant is valid and whether the man in custody is the man the warrant seeks, Moore said.