The lawyer set the first victim’s house on fire while wearing an ankle monitor, Louisiana officials said


A lawyer set fire to her ex’s Louisiana home while wearing an ankle brace, the woman said on social media.

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A lawyer set his ex’s house on fire while wearing an ankle monitor he received after being released in June on charges including aggravated assault and a deadly weapon involving a victim, according to Louisiana officials.

The woman who lives in the house and shares a child with the man posted a video on Facebook on January 14 she said. captured by his surveillance system. It shows a man walking into his house with what appears to be a bottle of oil and a lamp, the fire is lit and walks away as it spreads. He also said that the man slashed the tires of his car.

“Now my house is damaged, my cars are damaged, and the emotional damage is irreparable,” he wrote.

He did not respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News.

Firefighters responded to his Baton Rouge home around 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14 to find the front door on fire, according to a news release from the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Department. No one was home at the time.

The department determined the cause of the burning, the release said. The fire caused an estimated $2,000 in damage, according to the department.

The department issued a warrant for Christian King, 30, on charges of arson, violation of protective orders and criminal damage. The sheriff’s office held him on an unrelated bond, according to the release.

King, the one who listed the treasures Qualified attorney to practice in Texaswas previously arrested in Orleans Parish on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and domestic violence with a deadly weapon, according to sheriff’s records.

King could not be reached for comment. A lawyer could not be found for him.

Records show that King appeared in court on June 12 on those charges and was required to be “monitored by a GPS system” when he was released.

Jill Dennis, director of the Assured Supervision Accountability Program, a monitoring company for people released from the criminal justice system, told McClatchy News that her company was hired to monitor King on June 12. related to the Orleans Parish case.

On January 5, the Baton Rouge home’s address was put on the company’s radar because the woman who lives there filed a protective order against King from the property, the said Dennis. The protective order is a civil matter and is not related to the charges for King’s previous arrest in Orleans Parish, he said.

King violated the protective order several times after Jan. 5, and the Baton Rouge Police Department was notified each time, Dennis said. On January 14, the company received an alert that he was in the field around 3:15 in the morning and again at 8:20 in the morning, he said.

At 8:20 a.m., Dennis said he was on the phone with emergency dispatchers to tell them King was home when the woman called to say she was looking. away from King through his surveillance camera. He was not at home at the time.

Dennis immediately contacted the messenger.

“I put her on 911, and she said, ‘Christian just set my house on fire.’ Please help, it’s on fire,” said Dennis. “I could feel the pain and fear and anguish in his voice when he said, ‘He burned my house down.’ He was watching in real time.”

Dennis said the police later arrested King, and he is currently being held without bond. Baton Rouge police did not respond to a request for comment.

According to Dennis, he hopes that the case will help to show and change the powers that be given to GPS monitoring programs. He said that if King had violated a protective order in a criminal case, his company would have been able to arrest him, but because the protective order in Baton Rouge was a public one, the the best he can do is call the police.

“I wish we could have done more for (this woman) than just calling the police,” Dennis said.

If you are experiencing domestic violence and need someone to talk to, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline for help at 1-800-799-7233 or text “START” to 88788.

Madeleine List is a McClatchy National Real-Time reporter. He reported for the Cape Cod Times and the Providence Journal.

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