Lake Charles –
On August 7, 2013 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office ACT Team (Anti-Crime and Tactical Team) apprehended Leo P. Thibodeaux, Jr., 53, at his residence at 4190 Edgerly-DeQuincy Highway, DeQuincy, in connection with the March 2012 death of his then live-in girlfriend, Toni Marie Frabbiele, 37.
On March 28, 2012, at approximately 3:00 a.m., CPSO deputies were called to the home of Thibodeaux regarding a woman, later identified as Frabbiele, lying on the floor of the bedroom unresponsive. Frabbiele was pronounced dead at the scene from an apparent gunshot wound.
A statement provided by Thibodaux to detectives indicated Frabbiele committed suicide in his presence. Detectives questioned Thibodeaux ‘s account of the incident but lacked any evidence at that time to substantiate he was involved in her death.
Detectives contacted the Coroner’s Office to discuss suspicion of Thibodeaux’s statement claiming suicide prior to Dr. Terry Welke’s autopsy. As the investigation continued detectives sought the assistance of Crime Scene Reconstruction Examiner Colonel Tim Scanlan of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab and requested him to review the evidence of this case as well.
Upon the conclusion of Dr. Welke’s autopsy, he ruled the manner of a death a homicide. In review of Dr. Welke’s and Col. Scanlan’s findings, it is supported Frabbiele was actually shot twice and incapable of doing this herself. Upon receipt of the autopsy report and the crime scene reconstruction report, detectives obtained a warrant for 2nddegree murder for Thibodeaux.
Thibodeaux was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $1,000,000.
CPSO Detective Andree Daugereaux is the lead investigator on this case.