GRAPHIC WARNING: Man accused of killing parents dies in jail

GRAPHIC WARNING: Man accused of killing parents dies in jail
Robert Lombardo, 46. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)


VERNON PARISH, La. (KPLC) - A man accused of killing his parents has died in jail, Vernon Parish officials announced.

Robert Matthew Lombardo, 46, injured himself with a pen before dying, according to information from the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Lombardo was arrested Monday after his father Joseph Lombardo, 83, and his stepmother Rita Lombardo, 60, were found dead in their Leesville home.

Deputies went to the home after a family member said Robert Lombardo had contacted them, telling them he had beaten his parents to death. He was arrested at a camper trailer in Evans.

Lombardo was seen on surveillance video falling to the floor in his jail cell around 1 p.m. Friday, officials said. A further review of the surveillance video showed he had injured himself with the pen before falling to the floor.

Read the full news release below.


At approximately 12:48 p.m. VPSO jail personnel monitoring the surveillance cameras within the jail witnessed offender, Robert Matthew Lombardo, age 46, fall to the floor in his segregation cell where he was housed alone.

Jail personnel responded to the cell immediately and began providing medical assistance and CPR to Lombardo.

Jail personnel observed some type of injury to Lombardo’s left eye.

Ambulance personnel arrived on the scene and continued to perform CPR and attempted other life saving measures, but they were unsuccessful in reviving Lombardo.

Detectives arrived and processed the scene.

Jail surveillance video of Lombardo’s cell was reviewed and showed Lombardo sitting on the edge of his bed. Detective’s observed Lombardo take an ink pen and forcefully shove his face area down onto the end of the pen twice before falling to the floor.

Coroner personnel arriving on the scene conducted a cursory examination of the wound and were able to determine that a significant length of the ink pen penetrated Lombardo’s eye and punctured his orbital socket resulting in a fatal brain injury.

The only items in Lombardo’s cell at the time were personal hygiene items, writing paper, one ink pen, one western novel, and a Bible.

Lombardo had been arrested and charged with two counts of Second Degree Murder on February 16th, 2021 in relation to the murders of his father and stepmother in Jeane Chapel Trailer Park.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

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