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Arrest made in 2012 death of DeQuincy woman, suspect in jail on $1M bond

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Leo P. Thibodeaux Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Leo P. Thibodeaux Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

An arrest has been made in the 2012 death of a DeQuincy woman.

Toni Marie Frabbiele, 37, was found shot to death in March 2012.

Leo P. Thibodeaux Jr., 53, of DeQuincy, Frabbiele's live-in boyfriend, was questioned at the time but authorities said he was released because evidence then pointed to a suicide.

On Wednesday, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office authorities announced that Thibodeaux has been arrested in the case, following further investigation.

Thibodeaux is charged with second-degree murder.

Bond is set at $1 million.

According to authorities, Thibodeaux was taken into custody by the Sheriff's Office Anti-Crime and Tactical Team at his home in DeQuincy on Wednesday.

Authorities said at 3 a.m. March 28, 2012, deputies were called to Thibodeaux's home 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 Thibodeaux to detectives indicated Frabbiele committed suicide in his presence, authorities said.

Authorities said 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 second-degree murder for Thibodeaux," a release from the Sheriff's Office states.

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