Do you think steroids were involved when this lady snapped?
That is always a good possibility!
A Currituck Superior Court jury deliberated only about an hour and 40 minutes before finding Lateisha Jandreau guilty of shooting Paul Jandreau to death at the couple’s home in the Brumsey Landing subdivision.
Lateisha Jandreau, who took the stand in her own defense earlier Friday, showed no emotion after the verdict was announced.
Her attorney, Jack Warmack, declined comment afterward, but he advised Superior Court Jerry Tillett that Jandreau intends to appeal the verdict to the N.C. Court of Appeals.
The District Attorney’s Office was not seeking the death penalty in the case, so Jandreau’s conviction carries an automatic life sentence.
Members of Paul Jandreau’s family, who sat in the front left row of the courtroom throughout the one-week trial, reacted to the verdict with a mixture of elation and tears.
“I think the emotion (we’re feeling) is that it’s finally finished,” said Mike Jandreau, Paul Jandreau’s brother. “The closure has come for the family (in that Lateisha Jandreau is finally where she) needs to be.”
Mike Jandreau said his family was appreciative of the work the Currituck County Sheriff’s Department and the State Bureau of Investigation did investigating his brother’s murder. He also thanked jurors for keeping an open mind.
Currituck Sheriff Susan Johnson said a lot of hard work and time went into building a case against Lateshia Jandreau and then successfully prosecuting her in court.
“I think justice has been served and I hope that it gives some peace and closure to the family of Paul Jandreau,” Johnson said.
Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Pellini, who prosecuted the case along with Assistant District Attorney Kevin Leahy, said she was happy with the outcome. She was especially happy for Paul Jandreau’s family, she said.
Edward Carr, a business consultant who served in the military with Paul Jandreau, said he believes Lateisha Jandreau was grasping for straws when she testified Friday that she shot her husband in self-defense.
“I think that the biggest thing is now we know the evidence that was there,” Carr said. “It’s not hearsay or what we think happened.”
“She’s going to serve the rest of her life paying for the crime that she committed,” Carr added.
Prior to his death, Paul Jandreau worked as a safety auditor at BAE Systems, a defense contractor based in Norfolk, Va.
Known for his dependability and for keeping a regimented schedule, Jandreau’s co-workers grew concerned when he failed to show up for work on June 30, 2010. They began a search for him while his neighbors began watching the Jandreau residence. Paul Jandreau’s truck was spotted on the front lawn, backed up to the front door, with furniture loaded in the truck’s bed. They also noticed that the home’s garage door windows were covered. After Lateisha Jandreau repeatedly put off law enforcement officials’ attempts to conduct an interview about her husband’s disappearance, the sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant for the Jandreau residence. Entering the house, investigators found Lateisha Jandreau hiding in a closet and her husband’s body wrapped in plastic and stuffed in a 50-gallon tote container.
An autopsy revealed Paul Jandreau was shot five times. He is believed to have died sometime between the evening of June 29, 2010, and the early morning hours of the next day.