MARRERO, La. (AP) - Authorities say a man wanted for questioning in the deaths of a Louisiana police officer and another person was released from jail on Jan. 7 after prosecutors declined to prosecute him for rape.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman 32-year-old Sylvester Holt was released after prosecutors said they could not bring a rape charge against him due to "lack of witness participation."
Col. John Fortunato also said several women had restraining orders against Holt.
Authorities say Westwego Officer Michael Louviere was off-duty and had stopped to help at an accident scene when he was shot in the head. A woman was shot to death. Her name has not been released. However, Sheriff Newell Normand has told news media she had been romantically involved with Holt.
Fortunato says Louviere was married and had a 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son, and his brother is a New Orleans police officer.