La. man accused of stalking estranged wife; sending her ‘death flowers’ before gruesome slaying

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Tangipahoa Parish news, Louisiana news.

A Louisiana man accused of brutally slaughtering his estranged wife has allegedly stalked her for weeks before the murder, police said.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office said that David Hernandez, 49, broke into his wife Lisa Hernandez’s residence on March 21 and killed her.

The woman’s daughter called 911 at around 9 p.m. after she found her mother’s body “lying between her bed and a dresser, covered in blood.”

Hernandez, who separated from his wife for nearly a year, “would randomly show up at her place of work,” the sheriff’s office said.

“Recently, David even sent Lisa a bouquet of flowers containing lilies, also known as the ‘death flower’… which she was highly allergic to,” the sheriff’s statement added.

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  • “Additionally, detectives recovered a tracking device from Lisa’s vehicle, which has also been linked to David.”

    On the day of the murder, the suspect allegedly “staged a burglary” at the victim’s home and used items from the residence to slaughter her.

    He then threw those items “into Lake Pontchartrain.” Authorities located and recovered the items.

    Lisa’s wounds were consistent with both blunt and sharp trauma. Her gruesome murder left her quiet community in shock.

    “You don’t see that so much in a sleepy little town like this,” a Ponchatoula resident said.