Leslie Aguillard was in a Baton Rouge courtroom Thursday for a hearing on charges that she stole a truck last summer and abandoned it, leaving a 5-year-old dog to die of heat exhaustion; the dog’s owner was there too, holding up a photo of Roleaux.

"I want her to see his face every day and know what she did," David Mohr, who suffered four hip fractures in the July 7 carjacking, said outside state District Judge Richard Anderson's courtroom.

Aguillard, 30, is charged with armed robbery, carjacking, second-degree battery and aggravated cruelty to animals. At her request, Anderson reset the hearing for March 9.

Mohr, 56, had stopped by the Pelican Donuts shop on Antioch Road on a Sunday morning to buy a hamburger for lunch. He left the 5-year-old, 115-pound Roleaux inside his idling truck with the air-conditioning on. As he was waiting for his food, he noticed a woman rush out of the restaurant toward the truck.

Mohr tried to stop the carjacking, but, according to witnesses, the woman ran over Mohr and dragged him across the parking lot.

When authorities located the vehicle the next day on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard, Roleaux was locked inside, dead from heat exhaustion.

"He was an innocent victim," Mohr said Thursday as tears filled his eyes. "I know he was waiting on me to open that door. He was scared when it happened."

Aguillard's attorney, Karl Ludwig, asked Anderson to postpone the hearing because he has not had a chance to discuss the state's evidence with her. Prosecutor Kathleen Barrios did not object to the delay.

"It's a sad case. It's a sad situation all around," Ludwig said after court. "I feel for the victim."

Mohr, who spent 16 days in the hospital after the carjacking, now owns another shelter dog. He has renamed that dog Roux, who is a Labrador mix. Mohr has had the dog for six weeks.

Roleaux was part Weimaraner and part Labrador. Mohr formed the nonprofit Roleaux Foundation after his beloved pet's death to help other animals.

The charges against Aguillard carry substantial prison time. Armed robbery is punishable by 10 to 99 years; carjacking 2 to 20 years; second-degree battery up to 8 years; and aggravated cruelty to animals 1 to 10 years.

Aguillard, who has pleaded not guilty, admitted to detectives that she took the truck, fled and locked the dog inside before getting rid of the keys, according to an arrest warrant. She directed officers to the truck.

She had an outstanding misdemeanor bench warrant at the time of her arrest.


Email Joe Gyan Jr. at jgyan@theadvocate.com.