In July 2017 Murphy Painter arranged a multi-day meeting to discuss his pending defamation lawsuit against Louisiana’s Inspector General and others. Prominent in Painter’s explication was IG Investigator Shane Evans who, Painter asserted, defamed the erstwhile candidate for Ascension Sheriff/current candidate for parish president (Evans was recently dismissed from that ongoing suit, by the way). But, as with any seemingly interminable conversation with “Saint” Murphy, the talk turns to perceived injustices committed against Ascension’s first (unofficial) candidate for martyrdom.
The voice you will hear in the attached audio file is that of Murphy Painter. He is lamenting a sordid tale of betrayal that occurred during his tenure as Chief Deputy over APSO criminal operations and shortly thereafter. Painter felt like, having served Sheriff Harold Tridico well for 15 years and “gotten him through five elections,” the top spot was to be his.
“When it come time for me to take over after I’d done been shot at, pissed on, beat up and everything else for 15 years, got Harold Tridico through five frickin’ elections; next week whenever we find a friend of ours that raped five girls under the age of 12 years old, and y’all want me to turn my head on that and look the other way.
Or, or, or the sheriff leaves a bar and goes down the road and runs over some poor black guy on a frickin’ motorcycle, and kills him, and then tries to frame some woman for running him off the road. And they hide him out for eight hours ‘til he gets sober to take a frickin’ breath test when the law requires that you got to take a frickin’ uh, uh, you got to take a frickin’ blood test.”
In Painter’s jaundiced world view, he was the victim of an awful betrayal. Not long after Tridico’s 1987 reelection, Painter was unceremoniously fired. What about those “five girls under the age of 12?” What about their families? What about the people of Ascension Parish, those who Painter swore an oath to protect and serve?
What kind of human being can relate such a horrific tale and portray himself as the victim?
If Painter’s diatribe is true there could be a serial rapist on the loose for three decades who is still subject to arrest, prosecution, and the death penalty if convicted. Painter’s self-alleged cover up of five capital rapes (so heinous as to make covering up a vehicular homicide and framing an innocent woman seem picayune in the comparison) could be viewed as a continuing conspiracy to obstruct justice which would delay the tolling of prescription.
Meaning he could be subject to prosecution as well.
Certain crimes are subject to no prescriptive period (statute of limitations in states not named Louisiana).
Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 571. Crimes for which there is no time limitation
There is no time limitation upon the institution of prosecution for any crime for which the punishment may be death or life imprisonment or for the crime of forcible or second-degree rape (R.S. 14:42.1).
Louisiana Revised Statute 14: §42. First degree rape
- First degree rape is a rape committed upon a person sixty-five years of age or older or where the anal, oral, or vaginal sexual intercourse is deemed to be without lawful consent of the victim because it is committed under any one or more of the following circumstances:
(4) When the victim is under the age of thirteen years. Lack of knowledge of the victim’s age shall not be a defense.
- (1) Whoever commits the crime of first-degree rape shall be punished by life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
(2) However, if the victim was under the age of thirteen years, as provided by Paragraph (A)(4) of this Section:
(a) And if the district attorney seeks a capital verdict, the offender shall be punished by death or life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence, in accordance with the determination of the jury. The provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 782 relative to cases in which punishment may be capital shall apply.
The audio file was forwarded to the appropriate agency on June 24. The matter has not been resolved as of this writing.