Prescription drugs and driver’s licenses police found in the home of a slain Coroner’s Office employee belonged to people whose deaths the office had investigated, a city police spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
Police found eight bottles of prescription drugs and several driver’s licenses during a December search of Raymond Levie’s 1670 Brightside Drive apartment, Sgt. Don Stone said.
Levie, who was an investigator with the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, shared the apartment with Candace Jones, the 21-year-old sister of the man who shot Levie and then fatally shot himself, Stone said.
The double shooting happened Friday in the dining room of TJ Ribs on South Acadian Thruway after Levie and Shawn Jones, 27, began arguing while eating dinner, police have said.
Police are still investigating the motive for the shooting, Stone said.
When Levie died, police were looking into whether he illegally possessed prescription drugs found at his home in December, Stone said. They also were trying to find out why he had the driver’s licenses of people whose deaths the Coroner’s Office had investigated.
“It was a unique situation,” Stone said, because investigators with the Coroner’s Office are allowed to remove medication and identification from scenes for investigatory purposes.
If Levie had the items because of his job, he didn’t possess them illegally, Stone said.
Coroner Shannon Cooper confirmed that his investigators sometimes remove medication and identification from death scenes. He said, however, those instances are rare and the items should not end up in the homes of his investigators.
“There’s no reason for the investigator to take any medications or anything at the scene and bring it to his or her apartment,” Cooper said.
If that were to happen, Cooper said, he would be obligated to take some sort of disciplinary action.
Such action could have been taken against Levie had police notified the coroner about the drugs and driver’s licenses found at his investigator’s home, Cooper said.
“Not one single time,” was Cooper notified, he said.
Stone said Wednesday he was unaware whether investigators contacted the Coroner’s Office about the Police Department’s findings.
The daughter of one of the deceased whose prescription drugs were found at Levie’s apartment has been identified as Karen Moreau. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Miglietta, according to officials.
Moreau said the Coroner’s Office investigated Miglietta’s January 2010 death and removed Xanax and Lortab from Miglietta’s home.
“I didn’t understand why they took the prescriptions, but they told me it was part of the investigation,” Moreau said.
Moreau said the Coroner’s Office did not perform an autopsy on Miglietta.
“I never thought something like this would happen,” she said. “I’m just in shock.”
History of abuse
City police also searched Levie’s apartment on Dec. 30 after receiving a complaint about Levie allegedly abusing Candace Jones, an affidavit for the search warrant says. The woman’s mother, Renee Jones, filed the compliant.
Renee Jones, who also filed a restraining order against Levie on behalf of her daughter, claimed in the affidavit that she feared Levie was taking control of her daughter, who has a history of mental illness.
Renee Jones alleged Levie was controlling Candace Jones with prescription drugs and using his position at the Coroner’s Office to stalk her while she received treatment in a hospital for mental illness, the affidavit says.
Authorities who admitted Candace Jones into the hospital for mental evaluation in December noted Levie arrived minutes after she was admitted and tried to gain access to her room, according to the affidavit.
Levie was in the waiting room “wearing a Coroner’s shirt and displaying a Coroner’s Office badge. Levie acknowledged that he was attempting to make contact with Candace and knew that wearing the above uniform would assist him,” the affidavit says.
Officers told Levie not to try to see Candace Jones or use his position at the Coroner’s Office to obtain information about her, the affidavit says.
But Levie called the hospital eight times that night, causing the hospital staff to transfer Candace Jones to a hospital outside of East Baton Rouge Parish, the affidavit says.
Levie was able to locate Candace Jones at the new hospital, the affidavit says.
Levie filed an emergency motion to dismiss the restraining order against him, which was granted Jan. 5, court documents show.
Don Moreau, chief of operations for the Coroner’s Office, has said he did not take any disciplinary action against Levie because he was cleared of the accusations by the judge.