Alexandria man accused of beating pregnant girlfriend unconscious found guilty

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Trial for Joseph Michael Elie III, the Alexandria man charged with second-degree battery, wrapped up on Thursday evening when a Rapides Parish jury found him guilty of the charge.

Joseph Michael Elie, III | Source: APD

The charge is one of many, stemming from allegations that Elie beat his pregnant girlfriend unconscious in Sept. 2018 before setting a home on fire on Madeline Street just months later.

Elie has had a lengthy criminal history in Rapides Parish, beginning with the 1994 stabbing death of 82-year-old Rita Rabalais when he was just 17 years old.

Judge Mary Doggett will sentence Elie at the Rapides Parish Courthouse on Feb. 26.

For more information on Elie and his prior cases, see the related links section of the page.

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