Louise In the News
“…Frank Atkins’ trial attorney, Jarvis Antwine, had argued that Atkins should have been charged with feticide….Assistant District Attorney Louise Hines countered at the trial that Charitee was not an unborn child when she died July 26, 2012. Hines said the baby was born alive and died. She died of respiratory failure due to prematurity.
“‘We’re thankful that the convictions and life sentence were upheld and that justice has been served for Kayla and her family,’ Hines said Monday…”
The Advocate, Sep 18, 2017
“…The five women and seven men voted 11-1 in convicting Atkins of second-degree murder, rejecting the defense argument that Atkins should have been charged with feticide — which would have carried a penalty of up to 15 years in prison — rather than second-degree murder, which is defined as the killing of a human being…Assistant District Attorney Louise Hines countered in her closing argument that Charitee was not an unborn child when she died on July 26.
“‘She was born alive and died. She gasped, she gasped, and then died,’ Hines said to a hushed courtroom….”
The Advocate, Sep 18, 2017
“…In her opening statement to the jury earlier Wednesday, prosecutor Louise Hines said the surveillance video proves the killing was murder.
“‘A picture is worth a thousand words. How much is a video worth?” she asked the jury rhetorically. ‘You will see that any claim of self-defense is absurd. The video is the unbiased truth.'”
The Advocate, October 2, 2019
“DNA linked McCormick to the crime scene, prosecutor Louise Hines said in court…”
The Advocate, June 11, 2018
“Almoine Lemar Powell, 32, was convicted last summer of aggravated kidnapping, second-degree sexual battery and aggravated second-degree battery…At Powell’s trial, prosecutor Louise Hines argued that Powell took the victim to a ‘house of horror’ where the victim was tied up, pepper sprayed, waterboarded…”
The Advocate, Mar 5, 2020
“The victim was helped in giving her testimony by the presence of Diesel, a Labrador/golden retriever mix, who was present as an emotional support dog. In so doing, Diesel, who serves as ‘facility dog’ for the District Attorney’s Office, made a small bit of local court history — a support dog had not been used before in a jury trial in Baton Rouge.”
The Advocate, Nov 1, 2021
Meet Diesel, the dog that comforts young victims, witnesses in Baton Rouge courtrooms (The Advocate)
“Hines envisioned having a dog that could accompany child victims and witnesses as they go through the criminal justice process, including during court appearances.
“‘I wanted a dog that will stay still for a protracted period of time,’ she said.
Three years later, Hines and the District Attorney’s Office have their canine…”
Watch Louise and Diesel on NBC 33/Fox 44/BrProud.com’s profile.
A profile of Diesel on LPB’s “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from 2020.