LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish District Attorney's Office says it will seek the death penalty for Landon C. Broussard, who was charged with first-degree murder in the November beating death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son.
Bill Babin, an assistant district attorney, told state District Judge Durwood Conque Monday that prosecutors had not yet filed documents to designate the killing of Julian Madera as capital murder.
The Advocate reports Elliot Brown, one of Broussard's two court-appointed attorneys, entered a not guilty plea for Broussard.
Broussard was indicted in March on one count of first-degree murder.
Investigators determined Julian was a victim of severe abuse.
According to the affidavit, deputies found Julian unresponsive Nov. 29 with blunt force trauma and bruises of different ages over much of his body.
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