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Larto Family Speaks Out

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LARTO, La. -- The three victims of Monday's triple homicide in Larto were buried Friday. We're learning more about what happened just moments before they were killed.

News Channel Five's Brooke Buford spoke with deputies and the victims' family.

"Indescribable," said Wesley Fields, son of victim, Edris Ellard. "You never would expect to hear a call like that."

Fields is still in shock after losing three members of his family in just one day. And, he is still in shock after hearing deputies tell him, his aunt and her boyfriend are the ones who killed them.

"My grandmother, she's just one of the most kindest, sweetest people you'll ever meet," he said. "My mother...just one of the greatest women I'll ever know."

On Monday, Catahoula Parish deputies say Debbie Adams was fighting her family. They say she told her boyfriend, Lee John Ponthieux that she wanted them dead.

"Apparently they had been on each others nerves for quite awhile and each time that they would get into an argument, she would tell him that she just wished they were dead," said Chief Deputy Toney Edwards.

Deputies say Ponthieux carried out those wishes, first by stabbing her mother, Annie Bell Adams and then going next door and shooting her brother-in-law, John Ellard and stabbing her sister, Edris Ellard. Deputies say Ponthieux then fled.

"We just wanted to get him," said Fields. "We wanted to make sure he was caught. The whole town of Larto was on alert. He wasn't going to get away."

Ponthieux was caught the next morning.

"He is a monster," said Fields.

And now both he and Adams are charged with first degree murder.

Fields says he still can't believe his aunt could have been involved.

"I'll never forgive her for it," he said. "But, I'm not going to leave her to rot in jail or anything like that. I can't say how she would have came to that conclusion to make anybody do that or how she could have talked him in to doing that."

His family will now work on moving on and remembering their family, with the support of their community.

"Just thank you and we appreciate everything you have done for us," he said. "All the prayers and kind words. We can't thank you enough."

Ponthieux and Adams remain in jail on a $10 million bond. 

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