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RPSO Charges Husband In Wife's Death

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We begin tonight with the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office investigation of a possible homicide involving a husband and wife in Woodworth.

Deputies believe it could be another example of domestic violence.

News Channel Five's Brooke Buford has the story.

"They had yellow tape and were wrapping it and coming through my yard and wrapping the house," said Anita Bouie, a neighbor. "And, you first think, oh it's Halloween. And, then I'm going - no."

Anita Bouie never imagines she'd look out her window and see a crime scene in here next door neighbor's, the Pickney's, yard.

"Very good people," Bouie. "Donald was always going over here all the time offering to help. When he cut his (grass) he would come and cut mine."

On Saturday, Rapides Parish Sheriff's deputies were called to Cabrini Hospital to investigate a "dead on arrival" patient, 33-year-old Chanda Pickney of Woodworth, who was brought to the hospital by her husband, Donald.

"Based on the physical nature of it, things on her body, we felt that we had enough probable cause to arrest her husband in the death of Mrs. Pickney," said Major Jasper Bay, with RPSO.

Pickney was arrested and booked into the parish jail where he is being held on $265,000 bond. He's being charged with one count each of 2nd degree battery, false imprisonment and 2nd degree murder. 

Both of the Pickney's were employed at the Alexandria VA Medical Center - Donald as a full-time police officer and Chanda as a physician's assistant. The VA release the following statement:

"The Alexandria VA Medical Center is sad to confirm the death of an employee who worked as a physician assistant in the mental health department. She was an asset to the medical center and will be missed by our staff and her patients. Our condolences go out to her family and friends."

Bouie says she just can't believe what's happened so close to home.

"You think well, not it my neighborhood. But, in today's society, it's anyone's neighborhood," said Bouie.

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The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of an employee of the Alexandria VA Medical Center.

On Monday morning, the hospital released the following statement:

"The Alexandria VA Medical Center (VAMC) is sad to confirm the death of an employee who   worked as a Physician Assistant in the Mental Health department. She was an asset to this medical center and will be missed by our staff and her patients. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. Grief counselors will be available to co-workers and patients on Monday morning, October 31, 2011.

The Medical Center also confirms that this employee's husband, a full-time VA Police Officer has been arrested in connection with her death. The investigation into this incident is being conducted by the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office.

The Alexandria VAMC wants to assure the community that the VA is cooperating with local law enforcement authorities and that Veterans', patients' and employees' safety are our primary concern."

This story is developing. More information to follow.

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