Discussion in 'Recently Sentenced and Beyond' started by Knox, May 10, 2012.
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O'Brien still a POI, no charges filed.
Bridgette's funeral will be held tomorrow in Covington, La.
O'Brien charged with second degree murder.
Bridgette Harveston was killed as result of 'volatile relationship,' sheriff says
Published: Monday, May 14, 2012, 6:57 PM Updated: Monday, May 14, 2012, 7:33 PM
Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Times-Picayune
Benson O'Brien Jr. drove up to his property north of Covington the morning of May 7 as his son, Benson O'Brien III, was leaving, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. O'Brien III's girlfriend -- Bridgette Harveston, 31, the mother of his infant son -- had just been strangled on the grounds.
Before Harveston was found in a barn and declared dead by doctors later that day, O'Brien III drove to his lawyer's office. O'Brien Jr. allegedly took a length of rope, blanket and weed-eater twine from the scene to a nearby burn pile.
Detectives ultimately booked O'Brien III with second-degree murder, and Sheriff Jack Strain on Monday announced that his agency jailed O'Brien Jr. with obstructing the investigation into Harveston's homicide.
Strain also said Harveston's death was the result of a tumultuous, violent relationship with O'Brien III that she was trying to end.
"We know their relationship was volatile," Strain explained. "There's no doubt she was leaving."
Prior to the slaying, police in Madisonville, where O'Brien III and Harveston once lived together, investigated at least three domestic violence incidents involving the couple, deputies discovered.
Harveston had given birth to O'Brien's son, Liam Patrick O'Brien, approximately two months ago, but she had resolved to separate from him, Strain remarked. It was under these circumstances she drove with her boy on May 7 to O'Brien Jr.'s property on Pat O'Brien Road, where O'Brien III had gone following a disagreement with Harveston, Strain added.
Investigators say this is what subsequently happened:
Harveston suffered a fractured larynx as well as blunt force trauma to her face and head. O'Brien Jr. then arrived; realized Harveston had been badly hurt; and, because his cell phone ran out of battery, asked a neighbor to call 911.
O'Brien III headed for the law office of Spell & Spell in Covington with his infant son in tow. Meanwhile, O'Brien Jr. was urged over the phone to perform CPR on Harveston, and he complied.
Responding deputies located Harveston in a barn on O'Brien Jr.'s land. She was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed she died from asphyxia due to strangulation.
Sheriff's personnel processing the scene then noted O'Brien Jr. had apparently taken the rope, blanket and string-trimmer twine to a burn pile. Deputies retrieved the items "before they disappeared," Strain said.
Glad they got to the bottom of it quickly. Prayers for her family and friends...and that poor infant; only 2 months old and he will never know his mother.
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Lengthy article, many details.
From March 2013:
Thank goodness. I remember this case so well. It was terribly sad.
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