An East Feliciana Parish woman avoided a possible death sentence by pleading guilty Monday afternoon in the killing of a woman and her 3-year-old son at a BREC park near Zachary in 2008.
Trendall Lashel Matthews, 25, of Jackson, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in exchange for a life sentence. She also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Matthews’ boyfriend, Dominique Dantoni Smith, also is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the May 4, 2008, deaths of his former girlfriend ? Jessica Johnson Palmer ? and her 3-year-old son, Juan Palmer Jr.
Smith, of Wilson, likewise is charged in the attempted first-degree murder of Lindsay Paige Johnson ? who was 4 years old at the time and whose throat was cut ? and her younger sister, Robbyn Palmer, who was 6 months old at the time.
Lindsay Johnson and Robbyn Palmer, two of Jessica Palmer’s children, were left for dead at Doyle’s Bayou Park on Pride-Port Hudson Road but survived.