The Geismar man accused of beating his estranged wife to death with a baseball bat was indicted Friday on first-degree murder by an Ascension Parish grand jury.

David L. Johnson Sr., 38, strangled and beat his wife to death Aug. 9 outside their Geismar home, according to a news release from the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and the couple’s older son saw the beating take place.

A temporary restraining order, valid through Aug. 24, was in place against David Johnson at the time of his wife’s death. The temporary order had given Monica Johnson use of the home and forbade David Johnson from going there, the release says.

Monica Johnson had petitioned for a protective order, which would have been more permanent, but she died before the hearing.

The grand jury also indicted David Johnson on violation of a protective order, the release says.

The case will move forward as a capital case, Assistant District Attorney Shawn R. Bush said in the release, which means the death penalty is a possible outcome.

Johnson is being held at the Ascension Parish Jail without bond and will be arraigned on these charges soon, the release says.