Notary indictment related to murder-for-hire case
A Shreveport notary has been arrested on charges of forgery and lying to a jury in connection with a murder-for-hire case that’s already landed three people in prison and another in a mental facility.
A Caddo Parish grand jury indicted Ronald Norman, 51, of the 7000 block of Don David Road, on two counts of forgery and four counts of perjury — charges arising out of the prosecution of Loretta Luttrell and Linda Kate Passaniti in the July 2010 shooting death of Ernest Luttrell.
Vickie Welborn / Shreveport Times / December 17th, 2013
No court date has been set; however, Norman is expected to be scheduled for arraignment in January, Assistant District Attorney Laura Fulco said. Fulco, who joined Assistant District Attorney Dale Cox in prosecuting the other defendants, said she could not discuss specifics of the charges against Norman.
According to The Times’ coverage of Passaniti’s trial in late April, Norman testified that he notarized forged documents that allowed Passaniti to obtain a fake power of attorney for Ernest Luttrell’s health care. Norman said he stamped the seal on the documents without verifying the signatures.
Passaniti was convicted in early May of principal to second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and three counts of principal to forgery. She is serving a life sentence.
Passaniti was considered the mastermind behind Ernest Luttrell’s death. Prosecutors said she organized the plot to gain control of his finances.
Ernest Luttrell, 73, was found dead in his residence in the 12200 block of Greenwood-Springridge Road on July 25, 2010.
His wife, Loretta Luttrell, 70, was charged with first-degree murder after his death. A judge ruled last year, however, the elderly woman was not competent to stand trial and she was placed in a mental facility.
Two other co-conspirators, Erick Crain and Tina Vanmoerkeque, are serving life sentences in prison after pleading guilty to their roles in Ernest Luttrell’s death. Crain was the triggerman, and paid $1,000 to kill Ernest Luttrell. Vanmoerkeque was the Luttrells’ housekeeper.
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