Serial killer stalking southern Louisiana could be wearing a uniform.
By The Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La., -- Speculation that a serial killer stalking
southern Louisiana could be gaining the trust of his victims by
wearing a uniform has prompted calls for police officers to undergo
Authorities say there have been no signs of forced entry where the
victims were murdered or abducted. That has led to speculation the
murderer could be anyone from a delivery man to a police officer -- a
man using a uniform to get to the women.
State Rep. Yvonne Welch said that taking cheek scrapings or saliva
swabs for DNA testing from the police could clear law enforcement of
suspicion, if it does not catch the killer. DNA linked one man to the
five murdered women.
"Women have told me they're afraid to stop when it's a police
officer. The women ought to be able to feel safe that the police are
the ones that are protecting them," Welch said.
But police, Gov. Mike Foster Jr. and the mother of one victim said
such a step could divert time from more important investigative work
in the case.
"I don't know if it's a waste of time. I don't want to tie up
resources on speculation," Police Chief Pat Englade said. "We don't
want to get into the business of randomly swabbing everybody in Baton
Authorities have embarked on a massive DNA dragnet to find the killer
of the five victims -- four in Baton Rouge and one in Lafayette.
More than 1,000 men have been swabbed, picked to "volunteer" for the
tests based on tips or information generated in the investigation.
Defense attorneys in Baton Rouge have said some of their clients have
agreed to the testing to avoid speculation they could be the killer.
Welch wants as many men as possible swabbed. She said she is paying
to have DNA samples taken from her husband and son to clear them.
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Englade said police need probable cause to force someone to submit to
testing. He said some police officers were already tested because of
specific tips. However, testing thousands of officers could distract
the crime lab, he said.