A former Ouachita Correctional Center Deputy is arrested for allegedly killing his wife and infant child


MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD) – The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double-homicide in the 3900 block of Old Sterlington Rd. 

Investigators responded to the incident shortly after 1:30 p.m. According to officials two victims were found deceased at the complex early Sunday, October 31. 

The suspect was identified as Blake Bardwell, a former deputy at the Ouachita Correctional Center where he was employed since December 2019. 

Bardwell was arrested at the scene and charged of two counts of second-degree murder of his wife and child.  

Bardwell was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center and later transferred to Lincoln Parish Detention Center. A bond hasn’t been set. 

Bardwell’s deputy position was terminated on the day of his arrest. The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s office says the motive is unknown. This is an ongoing investigation. 

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