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Chanda Lynn White , 33
Woodworth, Louisiana
October 29, 2011

Agencies: Alexandria Police Department Louisiana | Alexandria VA Medical Center Campus Police Louisiana

Last updated: 5 months ago

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Both of the Pickney's were employed at the Alexandria [Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pineville] - Donald as a full-time police officer and Chanda as a physician's assistant... Donald Pickney previously served in the Marines, in the the Louisiana National Guard and in law enforcement with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office and the Opelousas Police Department... Paul N. Gennuso, who is retired from the Opelousas Police Department, said he knew both Pickneys well ... and had praise for the victim... "She had a inner beauty that was unbelievable"... Laura Balthazar, who was chief deputy for then-St. Landry Parish Sheriff Howard Zerangue, was less surprised by the news. She said Donald Pickney had been dismissed from the Sheriff's Office after repeated complaints of stalking were filed against him by his first wife. "We had a lot of family issues with him when he worked for us," Balthazar said...

.The suit states [4 year old] Ethan was at the family's Timberlake subdivision home while his mother, Chanda Pickney, allegedly was held captive and killed in late October... The language in the suit and evidence in the criminal case being developed against Donald Pickney strongly suggest he tortured Chanda for two to three days before she died Oct. 29

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