RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - Jury selection is set to begin on Tuesday for the woman charged with the death of a fellow inmate at the Rapides Parish DC 1.
Nicole Chandler, 35, was in jail on the theft of goods, the battery of a police officer, and aggravated battery charges last July. That's when she allegedly got into a fight with Rachel Smith, 59, who was sharing a cell with her.
Deputies found Smith not breathing and unresponsive, and medical staff attempted to save her. But they ultimately determined she was dead.
Chandler was re-arrested and charged with 2nd-degree murder. On Monday, the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office offered Chandler a chance to plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter and be sentenced to 15 years.
Chandler rejected the offer and is now headed to trial. If she's convicted of 2nd-degree murder, she would face mandatory life at hard labor. She is being represented by Chris LaCour.