Errol & Tonya Victor - CAPTURED

CAPTURED
in Georgia
by US Marshalls
on tips from
America’s Most Wanted

April 14, 2012

 

ERROL VICTOR
Black Male, Age 46, 
DOB: Aug 65
Hgt:510  Wgt 160
Eyes: Brown    Hair: Black
Warrant #:  2010CR172

TONYA VICTOR
Black Female, Age 37,
D OB: Apr 74
Hgt:510 Wgt 160
Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
Warrant #: 2010CR172

For further Information, contact
St John Parish Sheriff's Office
Crimininal Investigations Div.
(985) 359-8769  or
Dispatch @ (985) 652-6338
 

A bond recovery agent searching for murder suspects Errol and Tonya Victor is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.

Authorities have been searching for the Reserve couple since they failed to show up at the Edgard courthouse for their second-degree murder trial in August. The pair was scheduled to go before a jury in the 2008 death of 8-year-old M.L. Lloyd III, Tonya Victor's son and Errol Victor's stepson.

However, the Victors never arrived for the final status conference in the case nor for two days of jury selection, causing the trial to be cancelled.

Judge Mary Hotard Becnel of the 40th Judicial District issued a bench warrant Aug. 15 for their arrest and has ordered the couple held without bond throughout their trial once they are apprehended

"Someone knows where they're at," said Bobby Rembert, a recovery agent with AAA Bail Bonds and Recovery Service.

The Victors forfeited a combined $700,000 in bonds when they did not show up for court in August, which bond insurer Financial Casualty and Surety is responsible for if the Victors are not found. Becnel, who is presiding over the case, has given the company until March to produce the Victors or pay the forfeited bonds.

"We want to bring them to justice," Rembert said. "We want information leading to their arrest."

Rembert said he tracked the Victors to Tallahassee, Fla., and then Valdosta, Ga., before losing them in Tifton, Ga. He said the Victors were last spotted being picked up in a vehicle on Aug. 17 at 7:22 a.m. outside a Waffle House in Tifton, but that no license plate was identifiable on surveillance cameras at the restaurant.

"I'm thinking they are around the Atlanta area, but I'm not sure," Rembert said.

Capt. Dane Clement, St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office spokesman, said the Sheriff's Office, along with the U.S. Marshals Service is actively pursuing the Victors.

"We did have indication at one point that they were out of state," he said.

The Victors are accused of severely whipping and beating M.L. before taking him to River Parishes Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Errol and Tonya Victor were arrested shortly after the boy's death but have maintained their innocence, saying M.L. died as the result of a severe asthma attack.

The Victors disappearance was the latest in a series of twists and turns in a case that has dragged on for more than three years.

The Victors have been indicted three times, including one re-indictment brought on because a St. John sheriff's deputy was on the grand jury and wore a shirt advertising his employment with the Sheriff's Office and another during which the Victors refused to enter a plea.

The St. John the Baptist Parish District Attorney's Office has been recused from the case and there has been a change in judges. The Victors, who have alleged injustices in numerous lawsuits and appeals, have bonded out of jail and been re-arrested on several occasions and have hired and fired numerous attorneys. In October, they were granted the right to represent themselves but later retained attorney Lionel Lon Burns.

Prior to the start of the trial, the Victors sought to terminate Burns as their counsel but Becnel refused. A family member at the time said that was likely the reason the couple fled.

In August, after the Victors failed to show for court, Burns said that the last communication he had received from his clients was a "rambling" message regarding the hearing and trial.

 

story By Jennifer Boquet, The Times-Picayune


St John the Baptist Parish
Sheriff's Office

1801 West Airline Hwy.
LaPlace, Louisiana 70068

Phone (985) 652-9513
Emergency 911

 

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