State will prosecute mother of neglected daughter first in Rapides murder case

Marilyn Maricle, Glen Maricle, Karen Harrison (RPSO)
Marilyn Maricle, Glen Maricle, Karen Harrison (RPSO)(KALB)
Published: Sep. 4, 2019 at 2:28 PM CDT
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The Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office will take the mother of a young woman with cerebral palsy, who died in November from severe neglect, to trial first in November before prosecuting the two other people charged in the case.

Karen Harrison, 48, the mother of Cyra Harrison, is charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, cruelty to the infirmed, and cruelty to a juvenile. She is set to head to trial on Dec. 9. Harrison is being represented by Jonas Nash, a public defender.

A couple that Harrison was living with, Glen Maricle, 56, and Marilyn Maricle, 53, were also indicted on the same charges. Glen Maricle is being represented by Tiffany Ratliff. Marilyn Maricle is being represented by Chad Guillot. Both are public defenders.

The arrests of the three came after the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a home on Leon Odom Road in the Plainview Community in Nov. 2018 in reference to what was reported as a natural death.

According to the complainant, the victim, 25-year-old Cyra Harrison, was a special needs patient suffering from cerebral palsy. She was found dead that morning.

The responding deputy found that the living conditions were deplorable and determined the incident needed further investigation. Detectives believed the death was a result of severe intentional neglect.

The Maricles are still set for trial on Dec. 9, but their trials will more than likely be pushed back if the trial for Harrison does proceed.

All three cases are being prosecuted by Brian Cespiva. The cases are assigned to Judge Chris Hazel.

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