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    Death Penalty Sought For Amanda Guidry and Jason Delacerda in 2011 TX Slaying of Breonna Loftin










    Couple indicted on capital murder charges in 4-year-old's death; death penalty an option

    By Heather Nolan and David Lisenby
    Beaumont Enterprise

    A Hardin County grand jury has indicted a Kountze couple on capital murder charges in connection with the death of a 4-year-old girl.

    District Attorney David Sheffield confirmed Tuesday the charges have been brought against Amanda Nichole Guidry, 30, and Jason Wade Delacerda, 34.

    Sheffield said his office will be seeking the death penalty against Delacerda and that the option still is open on Guidry.

    According to the Texas Penal Code, killing a child under 6 years old is considered capital murder.

    Guidry's daughter, Breonna Nichole Loftin, died Aug. 17 at a Beaumont hospital, where an examination documented burn marks, bruises and signs of apparent sexual abuse. The actual cause of death was blunt force trauma.

    Both Guidry and Delacerda are being held at the Hardin County Jail without bond, Sheffield said.

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    Kountze man accused of capital murder will go to trial in July

    By David Lisenby
    Beaumont Enterprise

    A court date has been set for a Kountze man charged with capital murder in the death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter.

    Jason Wade Delacerda, 35, made a hearing appearance Wednesday in Hardin County's 356th District Court. Delacerda's attorneys requested a court date that would give them ample time to gather evidence and build their case. Judge Steve Thomas set a court date of July 27.

    Delacerda and his girlfriend, Amanda Nichole Guidry, 30, were both indicted for capital murder in August in connection with the death of Guidry's daughter, Breonna Nichole Loftin.

    According to police reports, Loftin died Aug. 17, 2011 at a Beaumont hospital. A medical examination of Breonna revealed she suffered burn marks, bruises and sexual abuse. According to her autopsy, Breonna died from blunt force trauma.

    District Attorney David Sheffield said his office will be seeking the death penalty against Delacerda and that the option remaines open in Guidry's case.

    Both Delacerda and Guidry remain in the Hardin County jail. Bond was denied in both cases.

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    Trial date rescheduled for man accused of beating 4-year-old

    Jason Wade Delacerda, who is accused in the beating death of his girlfriend's daughter 4-year-old Breonna Nichole Loftin, was set for trial on January 28, but was rescheduled.

    The state plans to seek the death penalty. The Hardin County criminal deputy clerk did not know the rescheduled trial date.

    Amanda Nichole Guidry, the child's mother, is set for trial on the same charge later in the spring.

    Loftin died Aug. 17 at a local hospital, where emergency room staff noted bruises, burn marks, broken ribs and other signs of physical and sexual abuse on her body.

    Witnesses said the child was spanked, kicked, thrown across a room and forced to stand barefoot on water bottle caps, according to previous Enterprise coverage.

    Killing a child under age 6 is considered capital murder, according to the Texas Penal Code.

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    Trial date reset for Hardin Co. man accused of beating child to death

    Jason Wade Delacerda, who is accused in the 2011 beating death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter, Breonna Nichole Loftin, will go to trial later this year.

    The Hardin County capital murder case was reset last week. The Hardin County criminal deputy clerk did not know when the trial would be rescheduled.

    The state plans to seek the death penalty against Delacerda.

    Amanda Nichole Guidry, Breonna's mother, is set for trial on a capital murder charge later in the spring.

    Loftin died Aug. 17, 2011 at a local hospital, where emergency room staff noted bruises, burn marks, broken ribs and other signs of physical and sexual abuse on her body.

    The actual cause of death was blunt force trauma, a medical examiner ruled.

    Witnesses said the child was spanked, kicked, thrown across a room and forced to stand barefoot on water bottle caps, according to previous Enterprise coverage.

    Killing a child under age 6 is considered capital murder, according to the Texas Penal Code.

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    Case of 4-year-old's death stuck in limbo

    In 2011, Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain said Breonna Nicole Loftin's injuries were the worst he'd even seen.

    The 4-year-old had broken ribs, an old fracture on her left leg, bruises and burn marks. Witnesses told police they had seen the girl beaten, thrown around and forced to stand barefoot on water bottle caps.

    The little girl's mother, Amanda Nichole Guidry, and the mother's boyfriend, Jason Shane Delacerda, were arrested and charged with capital murder.

    Two years later, the trial date has been reset at least three times. A new law that took effect Sept. 1 requiring all available evidence to be tested for DNA could delay a trial indefinitely.

    Hardin County District Attorney David Sheffield is seeking the death penalty against the pair because Loftin was under the age of 6.

    The case was scheduled to be tried in November, but more than 30 pieces of evidence in the case will have to be tested and tested again, he said.

    Senate Bill 1292, passed by the state Legislature this year, makes it mandatory for all evidence containing DNA collected in a criminal investigation to be tested before a capital murder case goes to trial. Prosecutors must meet with the defendant and "agree on which biological materials constitute biological evidence," the law reads.

    The bill was sponsored by Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, and had the support of Texas Attorney Greg Abbott.

    In a statement on the attorney general's website, Ellis argued that though Texas has the right to seek the death penalty against defendants accused of murder, the process needs more safeguards. The bill, he said, is one of those safeguards.

    "To be certain that only guilty murderers are executed, all evidence that can be tested for DNA should be tested for DNA - before the case goes to trial," Ellis said. "This will prevent endless appeals that game the system and delay justice for the families of victims."

    Some attorneys are concerned about the new law's unintended consequences, including a potential drop in the number of death-penalty cases prosecutors pursue and a delay in the handling of non-capital cases.

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    Trial date reset for Hardin Co. man accused of beating child to death

    By Ioanna Makris
    Beaumont Enterprise

    Jason Wade Delacerda, who is accused in the 2011 beating death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter, Breonna Nichole Loftin, will go to trial later this year.

    The Hardin County capital murder case was reset last week. The Hardin County criminal deputy clerk did not know when the trial would be rescheduled.

    The state plans to seek the death penalty against Delacerda.

    Amanda Nichole Guidry, Breonna's mother, is set for trial on a capital murder charge later in the spring.

    Loftin died Aug. 17, 2011 at a local hospital, where emergency room staff noted bruises, burn marks, broken ribs and other signs of physical and sexual abuse on her body.

    The actual cause of death was blunt force trauma, a medical examiner ruled.

    Witnesses said the child was spanked, kicked, thrown across a room and forced to stand barefoot on water bottle caps, according to previous Enterprise coverage.

    Killing a child under age 6 is considered capital murder, according to the Texas Penal Code.

    http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/ne...of-4249050.php

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